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University of Arizona Poetry Center Presents: The Seductions of Voice with Paisely Rekdal

September 20, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm MST


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What is “voice” in poetry, and how have our ideas of what constitutes the lyric voice historically evolved? When it comes to first-person poems, are we really just speaking for ourselves or as part of a collective? How does voice determine how we understand the difference between a poem’s addressee versus its audience? How do our ideas about “voice” and audience themselves change in persona poems? And finally, how do we cultivate readerly sympathy or trust with choices we make around voice? In this class, we’ll look at a range of poems that we might call “voice-driven,” from François Villon, William Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman to Randall Jarrell, Frank O’Hara, Terrance Hayes, Myung-Mi Kim, and Diane Seuss to consider the many lyric possibilities of “voice.” In-class exercises will be provided to help students generate new work.

Meeting will take place in the Poetry Center’s Alumni Room, Room 205; limit 12 students. General registration will open on Tuesday, August 29th at 10AM. 


September 20, 2023
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm MST


The University of Arizona Poetry Center
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The University of Arizona Poetry Center
1508 East Helen Street
Tucson, AZ 85721 United States
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