The best poets infuse individual poetic diction, aesthetic preferences and explorations of form into their work, no matter what the content. Such is often part of our enjoyment – or perhaps, our confusion. This workshop will present and ‘investigate’ the work of six to eight accomplished poets, as represented by one poem each.
A group of eight to twelve participants will discuss the poems. Comments are not expected to be ‘critical’, but rather directed toward personal responses that lead to an understanding of the poet’s poetics as represented in the poem.
Poets whose work is presented will be identified to participants in advance and will include local, Canadian, and international poets, who work in adventurous modes. Poems will be sent prior to the workshop. The expected outcome of the discussions will be an enhanced understanding of the possibilities of poetry.
Steven Ross Smith was the founding Director of Sage Hill Writing Experience. His writing practise embraces poetry, fiction, nonfiction and arts journalism. He has crafted the innovative multi-book poetic series fluttertongue, now six books long. His work appears in print, audio and video in Canada, the USA, and abroad. In 2005 his book fluttertongue 3: disarray won the Saskatchewan Book Awards’ Book of the Year. He has presented to, mentored, edited and advised many writers in several locales over four decades as a professional writer. Smith lives and writes in Saskatoon. He continues to serve, in a roving capacity, as Banff Poet Laureate until June 2021.
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