New Poems from Good Bones: Radical Revision Techniques

New Poems from Good Bones: Radical Revision Techniques


As poets, we don’t ever want to give up on our babies. Even if we know a certain poem just isn’t working, we also know there’s something in there worth saving, if only a jawbone or a rib. Open up that drawer of discarded darlings, because in our four weeks together, we will excavate the good bones from those drafts. Together we will transform what’s stuck, static, or still into poems that shine. 

From splicing syntax to blending outside material, we will read exciting works by poets including Jennifer Givhan, Kaveh Akbar, Clint Smith, Kimiko Hahn, and Tyehimba Jess and discuss the techniques used to dismantle what we think we know about poetry, incorporating these tactics into our existing works in progress.

Join Stacey Balkun as your guide into this step of the writing process. Work with one poem to revise four new ways, or a different poem for each week of the workshop. With each, we will reshape and reconsider our drafts, finding new ways to surprise and enchant our readers. After this course, these techniques will be yours to keep; the metamorphosis won't end here!

January 7-February 3, Online

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Teaching Artist


Stacey Balkun

Stacey Balkun is the author of Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak & Lost City Museum. Winner of the 2017 Women's National Book Association Poetry Prize, her work has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, Muzzle, and others. Chapbook Series Editor for Sundress Publications, Stacey holds an MFA from Fresno State and teaches poetry online at The Poetry Barn & The Loft.