Lecture – 'On Wonder and (Re)Discovery in Poetry'
Maggie Smith concludes her two week residency with "On Wonder and (Re)Discovery in Poetry."
Poems help us see anew; they invite us to (re)discover the world we live in. But how? In this craft lecture, we'll explore how a variety of contemporary poets use line, syntax, metaphor and anaphora to "show their thinking" on the page, not only embracing wonder and discovery, but also formally enacting it. Also, we'll discuss why poems that lean toward wonder – toward questioning rather than knowing, sincerity rather than irony – feel essential at the current moment.