Dramatizing Your Poetry
Contrary to what many think, lyric poetry contains surprising dramatic elements (just as drama, at its most intense, becomes poetic). Even Shakespeare’s sonnets enact rivalries and love triangles. How do we enhance these elements to make poems exert a greater emotional impact? In this virtual workshop, poet and playwright David Radavich will lead us in considering the oft-ignored theatrical elements in poetry and examine a range of poems that demonstrate both the loud and the quiet conflicts inherent in this most retiring of genres.
About the Instructor: David Radavich is a poet, playwright, and essayist who has published companion epic narratives, America Bound (2007) and America Abroad (2019), along with six lyric collections, most recently Middle-East Mezze (2011) and The Countries We Live In (2014). If the pandemic passes, Cervena Barva Press will publish his new book, Here’s Plenty. Radavich’s more than 25 plays have been performed across the U.S., including six Off-Off-Broadway, and in Europe. He has served as president of the Thomas Wolfe Society, Charlotte Writers’ Club, and North Carolina Poetry Society, and currently administers the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series.