“Picnic, Lightning”: Concision, Compression, & Brevity in the Very Short Poem with Patrick Donnelly via Zoom


Saturday, October 15, 2022
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm


We’ll focus on the Very Short Poem, the highly pressurized lyric that casts off a resonance far bigger than its real estate. We’re going to explore how a poem can become more focused and intense with strategies of inference, implication, subordination, and exclusion. We’ll also explore the different kinds of projects the short poem can take on—just because a poem is short doesn’t mean it shares the same kind of project as another short poem. Our time together will include a generative exercise—please join us to add the VSP to your poetic toolbox!

This class will be taught on Zoom and capped at 20.
Please note: This class will be taught on Zoom. Scholarship information will be available in July and will be due on August 15th. Please refer to our Course Policies and page on Scholarships.Thank you in advance.
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Patrick Donnelly is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Little-Known Operas (Four Way Books, 2019). About Donnelly, Gregory Orr wrote “everything he writes is suffused with tenderness and intelligence, lucidity and courage.” Donnelly is director of the Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place, Robert Frost’s old homestead in Franconia, NH, now a center for poetry and the arts. Former poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts, his poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Massachusetts Review, Ploughshares, Slate, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Yale Review, and many other journals. Donnelly’s translations with Stephen D. Miller of classical Japanese poetry were awarded the 2015-2016 Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature. Donnelly’s other awards include a U.S./Japan Creative Artists Program Award, an Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Margaret Bridgman Fellowship in Poetry from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and an Amy Clampitt Residency Award.

Event Location and Ticket Information

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022
Times: 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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Presenter: Hudson Valley Writers Center
Presenter Phone: 9143325953

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