The Art of Objects
In this 4-week workshop, we will focus on reading and writing poems that engage with a variety of non-human objects and organisms, ranging from animals and natural objects to works of art and food. The goal will be to integrate our practice of writing poetry with our experience of everyday life, finding inspiration in the world around us.
In each class, we’ll read and discuss the work of poets who write about objects and offer feedback on each other’s work in a supportive, small group setting. Poets we will consider include Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, A.R. Ammons, Pablo Neruda, James Merrill, C.D. Wright, Harryette Mullen, and Tacey Atsitty.
Amanda Auerbach currently writes and teaches at the University of Iowa. Her first book of poems What Need Have We for Such as We is forthcoming from C&R Press in fall 2019. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Boston Review, Fence, Denver Quarterly, Kenyon Review, Colorado Review, Conjunctions (online), Thrush Poetry Journal, and Poetry Northwest. In addition to writing poems, Amanda is also a scholar of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, having earned her PhD in English from Harvard in 2018.