5 Ways to Revise a Poem
For many writers, revision is as difficult as producing the first draft -- if not more so! -- and a big part of the problem is knowing where to start. In this class, you'll learn five+ approaches to revising a poem as well as tips for making revision easier and more generative. Although the class will focus on poetry, the revision methods and tips we review will be helpful for writers working in any genre. Students should bring in 1-2 recent poem drafts to use as starting material for several in-class writing exercises.
Instructor: Elisa Gabbert
Starts: 03/24/2012 Time(s): 1:00PM-4:00PM
Cost: $55.00 members / $70.00 non-members
Location: Lighthouse Attic (3rd Floor), 1515 Race Street, Denver, CO 80218
~~ James of Pur Autre Vie has been blogging about marriage and LTCRs (long-term committed relationships), in response to recent writings by Matthew Yglesias and Ross Douthat (puttin' on his doubt hat). It all raises some interesting questions: Are women better off now that marriage is in decline? Are children? Is anybody? Is the LTCR a myth perpetuated by the upper classes? Is commitment really commitment if people are only expected to stay committed for as long as they're getting something out of it (are "happy")? What is "happy"? Can happiness have meaning if it is only self-reported? Things that haunt me: Women are less happy than they used to be; most people choose power over happiness. "Why are there no great female composers?"
~~ I've also been thinking about the pretty widespread idea that conventionally "girly" things are anti-feminist, i.e., you can't be a feminist and care about fashion, or you can't be a feminist and wear makeup. It's on my mind right now because I'm reading a book by a longstanding feminist who was surprised to find herself interested in, nay, obsessed with perfume. (Inner and sometimes outer voices: "But perfume is so girly!") But this also comes up whenever conservatives make the argument that women earn less than men because they choose to do low-paying work. The problem is not that women are choosing low-value work; it's that we don't value, as a society, the work that women do. And the same goes for hobbies and interests: I truly believe that fashion is no more frivolous than sports. We just value sports over fashion because the former is associated with men and the latter with women (and gay men, who are uncomfortably close to women and as such icky, inferior examples of men). Don't let people, even feminists, tell you that your hobbies are "girly" and therefore frivolous. Dolls are just as interesting as plastic guns. (Also, "greatness" tends to be measured against standards set by men.)
~~ More links:
- An important post that unpacks some of the many reasons why a sexual assault might go unreported. Note also this observation from the comments: "There's a horrid double-bind here where if the abuser doesn't show red flags the victim fears she won't be believed, and if they do show red flags the victim fears she'll be blamed."
- Lauren O'Neal at The Hairpin on why Rush Limbaugh's recent comments about birth control make no sense.
~~ I had an encounter at Beauty Bar in Chicago that made me understand what Britney Spears means when she says she's in it for the fans. Then Kathy and I photoboothed. I like this picture because we appear to have cheekbones. In reality, we're chipmunks. (Ah, so that's why people do the duckface.)
Then I danced my ass off. Oh yes, I went to Funkytown.