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"Playing with Poetic Voice: How to Discover Your Own Voice by Borrowing from Your Favorite Poets" with Tomás Q. Morín

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St. Edward's University, Moody Hall 204
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

4/29/2017 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

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Location Note: This class is held in Moody Hall, Room 204. This is a different building from past years' classes at St. Edward's University. You can find a campus map here


When searching for your poetic voice, it can be helpful to explore the many voices and styles that other poets have used successfully and made their own. By borrowing their style and voice, you give your own poetry a foundation to grow and evolve from until you arrive at your own distinctive voice and style.

This class draws upon the instructor's experience with his own poems, which have always ben mishmash of many other poets' styles.

This class will identify the hallmarks of the styles of a variety of poets. Students will then re-compose a poem of their own in the style of one of the poets discussed in class--and recompose it again using the style of a second poet, and so on. Once everyone has used the style of every poet, students will share what discoveries they’ve made about the needs of their stuck poems. So, students should bring:

  • A poem or two that they have already written. (Don't worry if you don't like it. No one will be required to share their work.)
  • A poem that they love (written by someone else). If time permits, students will rewrite (or write for the first time) one of their poems in the styles of poets of their own choosing.

 If you're new to poetry and have no yet written any poems, you will be able to use the exercises to brainstorm new work during the class.


About the instructor: 

Tomás Q. Morín’s poetry collection A Larger Country was the winner of the APR/Honickman Prize and runner-up for the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award.  He is co-editor with Mari L’Esperance of the anthology, Coming Close: 40 Essays on Philip Levine, and translator of The Heights of Macchu Picchu by Pablo Neruda. His poems have appeared in Slate, Threepenny Review, Boulevard, Poetry, New England Review, and Narrative. His latest collection, Patient Zero, is forthcoming this spring from Copper Canyon Press.

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