Two Voices, Two Parts: Working with Prose and Poetry in the Same Work

This four-week workshop taught by Adria Bernardi will be dedicated to manuscripts in which the language alternates between (converses, competes, cooperates, clashes with?) poetry and prose. Over the course of four weeks, we’ll seek to discover how it is that these two kinds of language function together in a single work. What are the elements that make up the poetry, and the prose, of the work? What is its overall structure?  What are its meanings? (And are they two different kinds of language?) The class will pay particular attention to image, white space, verb tense as it relates to tone and narrative perspective, syntax and lexicon, and rhetorical choice in opening sentences or verses. Over the course of four sessions, each writer will present her or his work once, while acting as reader for the other writers.