Frozen Above, Burning Beneath: Form and Revision

Frozen Above, Burning Beneath: Form and Revision


Formal poetry has a reputation for being remote, staid, and academic. Not so here. In this eight-week intensive designed to wake us from our winter slumber, we will treat poetic form not as, in Linda Gregerson's words, "a kind of packaging" but as a shuttle toward surprise, toward mystery, toward heat, toward fire.

Comprised of four modules spread over eight weeks, participants will leap between composition and revision from week to week.

In the first two weeks, poets will try their hands at either the litany or the chant. The second lesson will offer the chance to practice the haiku or the tanka. The terzanelle and the elegaic couplet will comprise the third lesson. Finally, in the fourth lesson, participants may choose between the quatern and the cinquain.

In the Poetry Barn’s first eight-week workshop, we’ll have the time and space to stretch out and master four new forms. As we write and rewrite, we’ll strive toward the brightest, riskiest poems we dare.  

Eight weeks online / April 8 - June 2

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Teaching Artist

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Joshua Davis

Joshua holds an MFA from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine, an MFA from the University of Mississippi, and an M.A. from Pittsburg State University. A former John and Renee Grisham fellow, he teaches poetry, fiction, and multi-genre workshops. Recent poems have appeared in The Poetry Distillery, The Museum of Americana, and The Midwest Quarterly. He is a doctoral candidate in Literature at Ohio University, and now lives in Tampa, Florida.