The English language is saturated with metaphor. In everyday conversation we might say we woke at the crack of dawn, the birds were singing, and your smile lit up the room. A mastery of metaphor is a crucial step toward writing great poetry. How can we wake dead metaphors in our poems to make each line shimmer? Can we reanimate clichés? In this generative workshop we will look at metaphorical poetry from writers like Sharon Olds, Tomaż Šalamun, Anne Sexton, Nick Flynn, Jennifer Givhan, Sandra Lim, Natalie Diaz, Carl Phillips, and others to examine how they inhabit the figurative world and how we too can enter its halls.
Paige Quiñones is a PhD student in poetry at the University of Houston, where she is the Managing Editor of Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. Previously a fellow with the Center for Mexican American Studies at UH, she received her MFA in poetry from the Ohio State University. Her work has twice been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and has appeared or is forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Crazyhorse, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Poetry Northwest, Quarterly West, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2019 Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize, selected by Gabrielle Calvocoressi. Her book The Best Prey was selected by Tiana Clark for Pleides Press as the winner of the 2020 Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry, and will be published in 2021.
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