What is the end of a poem? What is its function? What makes one ending stronger than another? What do you do with a line you think “would make a good ending of a poem” that you have yet to write or perhaps even to conceive of? How does the end of a poem differ from the end of a collection? Can, even should, we consider them relational? When should you sacrifice sense or accretion in your poem for a randomly great ending? Do poems even really end? If so, why? This workshop will focus on the effect and idea of the end of a poem as both protagonist and antagonist of your own writing. We will study poems, in finished form and midst revision, from antiquity to the present in concert with your own poems in an intensive inquiry into the power, the glory and the myth of the end. The the.
• Admission to this workshop will be based upon an application including a writing sample of three or four poems.
• Confirmed participants should become familiar with a selection of poems that will be supplied to you by Rowan.
• The cost of the workshop is $550. If you are accepted, a $100 deposit will be required to hold your place within a week of acceptance, with full payment due by December 1.
• Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full.
Financial Assistance is available to those who would not otherwise be able to attend—click here for guidelines and application.
about Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the award-winning author of two books of poetry, The Ground and Heaven, both published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, as well as the acclaimed collection of literary essays When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness and a translation, from the Catalan, of Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, and the GLCA New Writers Award. He has been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry and the NAACP Image Award for Poetry, and a long-listed finalist for the PEN Open Book Award and the National Book Award. Published in 2015, Heaven has been named one of the best books or best poetry collections of the year by numerous publications, including the Washington Post and National Public Radio. His poetry has been translated into Catalan, German, Italian, Norwegian, and Spanish.
Also a prodigious sportswriter, Rowan writes a weekly basketball column for the Paris Review. “Just about everything that Rowan Ricardo Phillips has to say about basketball is recommended reading,” hails the Millions. His essays on soccer have been featured in the New Republic, the Paris Review, Howler, and Soccer Gods.
Phillips has taught at Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, and Stony Brook University. He is also a Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University. He lives in New York City and Barcelona.