1/27/19 RHINO Poetry Forum Calculated Stubbornness: Revision Strategies for Poets, Poetry Workshop with Andrew Hemmert)

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Evanston Public Library
ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room
Church & Orrington

January 27, 2019, 1:30-4:30pm

Calculated Stubbornness: Revision Strategies for Poets w/ Andrew Hemmert

The imagination is inherently wild and frequently inscrutable, and as a result, first drafts often feel chaotic. Revision, however, is a systematic process. Revision is structural and conceptual. It requires both a maximalist and minimalist potentiality, a willingness to follow one’s poem in whatever far-flung direction the specific piece leads. In this discussion, the panelists will address revision in both theoretical and practical terms. We will cover revision techniques such as lengthening and shortening exercises, formal impositions, perspective shifts, draft consolidations, and rhetorical and stylistic imitations. We will also address the chronology of revision. How long should one spend revising a single poem? How do we recognize if a poem still needs revisionary attention, or whether a poem has been over-revised? In revising anything, what should be our ultimate goal?

Andrew Hemmert is a sixth-generation Floridian living in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Bat City Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, and Washington Square Review. His poem "Broken Season" won the 2018 River Styx International Poetry Contest. He earned his MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and currently serves as an assistant editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal.