Our families are inspirations and obstacles, sources of love and strife in our poetry. Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, step-parents, in-laws, adopted siblings, honorary parents, live-in relatives, and loved ones separated from us by distances of space and time: they've filled our lives with stories and moments that have left deep impressions on us. We want to share those in our poems, but how? Sometimes what actually happened isn't right for the poem. Sometimes we don't want to reveal the truth because we're afraid of hurting someone. Sometimes our own feelings—loyalties and retributions—get in the way of our poems.
In this workshop, we'll look to masters who have come before us, take permission from them, write together, then come together to discuss how to write our rough drafts into polished poems. We'll balance honoring both our families and our poems.