Imitating The Stranger: Or How To Write Like Someone Else

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Sometimes we’re just tired of our usual ways or we’re dissatisfied with our own work or we’re envious of that guy on p. 32 of Best American Poets. We want to do something else! In this class, we will try to make that leap. But before you write like a stranger, you have to have a clear idea of what you typically do in a poem—recurrent water themes, good chewy language, short lines but long stanzas? Or on the dark side—shallow images? buried endings? repeated references to Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Bring 3 copies of a poem that is representative of your work to the first class. Bring a pair of scissors, some tape, and a black marker (seriously). We’ll get to work.

Susan Grimm’s poems have appeared in Blackbird, Poetry East, The Journal, and other publications. Her book of poems, Lake Erie Blue, was published by BkMk Press. She also edited Ordering the Storm: How to Put Together a Book of Poems. She won the inaugural Copper Nickel Poetry Prize and the Hayden Carruth Poetry Prize. In 2014 she received her second Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council.
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