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Saturday, May 5 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
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How do I love thee? Let me count the ways What happens to a dream deferred?   Do not go gentle into that good night  These first lines from poems by Browning, Hughes and Thomas have become part of the American lexicon. Such is the enduring power of an evocative first line. What is the work of a poem’s opening lines? How do you make your poems issue an invitation, a provocation or a challenge to a reader? In this generative workshop, we will explore memorable first lines and identify the true first line in rearranged poems. We will generate our own first lines and see where they lead us. You will leave this workshop with a new poem and the start of many more.

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Dawn Paul

Writing/Interdisciplinary Faculty, Montserrat College of Art
Dawn Paul teaches writing and literature at Montserrat College of Art. She has two novels, The Country of Loneliness, and Still River. Her newest book, What We Still Don’t Know, is a collection of poems about scientist Carl Linnaeus. She is a frequent performer on the Improbable... Read More →

Saturday May 5, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
New Liberty Charter School, Room 1 1 Museum Place Mall Salem, MA 01970