Poetic Looking: The Ode and Otherwise
Dates: 7 Thursdays, April 2 - May 14
Time: 7 - 9:30 pm
Instructor: Jay Deshpande
No matter what object a poem trains its attention upon, the best thing our work can do is to uplift the eye, the heart, and the language. In this workshop, we'll use the methodology of the ode as a basis for sharpening our acts of description, in poetry and in prose.
We’ll look at the work of Pindar, John Keats, Allen Ginsberg, Bernadette Mayer, Sharon Olds, Matthea Harvey, Ross Gay, and many others as we seek out new and unexpected ways to celebrate the things we see.
While we'll take strategies from the ode, students are welcome to workshop any poems they like, with attention particularly on imagery and the rendering of minute particulars.
Jay Deshpande is the author of Love the Stranger, named a top debut of 2015 by Poets & Writers, and of the chapbook The Rest of the Body (both from YesYes Books). His poems have appeared in Boston Review, AGNI, Denver Quarterly, Narrative, and elsewhere.
A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University’s School of the Arts, Jay was selected by Billy Collins for the Scotti Merrill Memorial Award and has received fellowships or support from Kundiman, Civitella Ranieri, and Saltonstall Arts Colony. He has taught at Columbia and Rutgers and is a 2018-2020 Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.
More about Jay: http://www.jaydeshpande.com