Calliope Poetry Series

 Calliope Craft Workshops 

Recogizing a need for poets serious about learning elements of their craft, Calliope began its series of Craft Workshops in January, 2011. Each workshop is led by a senior poet who teaches specific aspects of craft. In a careful examination of memorable, published poems, lessons about craft are illustrated. This is not just a critique workshop of one's own poems,  but an in-depth exploration of how excellent poems are constructed. Topics have included: use of sound, contemporary forms, moving poems about relationship from the personal to the universal, lineation, the lyric narrative, finding one's poetic voice, ekphrastic poems, and other topics.

See a video of Calliope's Founding Director, Alice Kociemba, talking about the Calliope craft workshops on the Home Page.  

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2017 Workshop

Calliope Celebrates Earth Day (Saturday, April 22)
Alice Kociemba, Poetry's 3 Rs: Reverie, Reverence and Respect

In a Poetry Foundation interview about his latest poetry collection, Garden Time, former United States poet laureate, W.S. Merwin said, "Write one poem. Grow one flower. Bring something of beauty into the world and become more beautiful by the act of just paying attention to whatever is around you."

In this workshop, poets were asked to take Merwin's advice. First participants introduced themselves by reading a short published poem, not their own, set in nature or that used some aspects of the natural world as an extended metaphor for human nature. Then the instructor provided examples of how memorable poetry relies on fresh language, limited personification, and careful choices in form, lineation and metaphor. These poems provided prompts for a free write. Finally, participants were encouraged to bring in a poem of their own that was inspired by or modeled after the published poem they chose as an introduction. The instructor led the group's critque of these poems.

Alice Kociemba is the author of Bourne Bridge (Turning Point, 2016) and the chapbook, Death of Teaticket Hardware. Her nature poems have been published in the Aurorean, Avocet, Cape Cod Poetry Review, Plainsongs, and The Write Place at the Write Time. As the founding director of Calliope, Alice has organized poetry workshops for the community for the past six years. She is the past guest editor of Common Threads, the poetry discussion project of Mass Poetry, and the Cape Cod Poetry Review.



Previous Workshops

April 2: Alan Feldman, Jump-Start: A Generative Workshop
March 12: Susan Donnelly, Choices and Changes: Revision and Critique
February 27: Fred Marchant, Music in Our Lives: A Poetry Workshop


March 21: Jenny Barber, The Music of Syn
February 21: Patrick Donnelly, How to Be a Good Public Reader of Your Own Writing
January 24: Justen Ahren, A Monastic Approach to Writing

March 22: Jennifer Jean, Impossible Love/Impossible Beauty
January 25: Susan Donnelly, Poetry as Practice

March 23: David Surette, The Lyric Narrative Poem
February 23: Sheila Whitehouse, Selecting the Euphonious and Cacophonous
January 26: Sandra Kohler, Creating the Process: Trusting the Creator

December 1: Lorna Knowles Blake, The Gazer's Spirit: A Poetry Workshop
March 24: Christine Casson, The Pattern of the Dance
February 25: Barry Hellman, Writing Poems About Family, Friends, Lovers and Others
January 28: Sheila Whitehouse: A Burble Through the Tulgey Wood, Or How to Use Meter and Sound in Poetry

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