Night-Blooming Flowers: Contemporary Forms

Night-Blooming Flowers: Contemporary Forms


Some poets believe the phrase "poetic form" is code for the sonnet. Not so. Neither do forms begin and end with the villanelle and the pantoum. We're living in a time of rhapsodic and irreverent formal invention. Beginning with the gigan and the bop, this workshop presents poetic forms of the 20th and 21st centuries as chances to misbehave. Hungry for the pleasures to be found in patterns, we will try our hands at recently made forms such as the prisoner's constraint, but we will also look back—slantwise, wily-eyed—at the cinquain and the quatern, at Marianne Moore's wild syllabics, and at May Swenson's ebullient concrete poems.

August 6-September 2, Online

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Teaching Artist


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 DistilleryThe Museum of Americana, and The Midwest Quarterly. He is a doctoral candidate in Literature at Ohio University, and now lives in Tampa, Florida.

Illustration, top left: Robert Thornton: The Night-Blooming Cereus