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Wednesday, May 18 • 10:00am - 10:30am
A Poetry Craft Talk: Secrets, Symbolism and the Value of Things

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The intent of this craft talk is to engage the audience in a generative writing prompt for the purpose of developing poetic imagery. By the conclusion of this craft talk each participant will have emersed themselves in the creative process and written a draft poem. The presentation portion of the craft talk explores the intersection between the poetry of Pablo Neruda, specifically his poem “Ode to a chair” and Mary Ruefle’s perspectives for writing “On Secrets” from her book Madness, Rack and Honey. The development of this craft talk, and engagement with these poets forced me to consider the relationship between humans and inanimate objects, the true value of material things and how humans can attempt to discover the secrets held within these objects.
This craft talk was originally created for ENG 565 Advanced Poetry Writing. Since leading craft talks is a valuable part of professional development for a writer, I learned how poets responded to the content and prompt within the craft talk, as well as how to create an environment that breaks down barriers and supports creativity.


Jessika Roe

Graduate, English Professional and Creative Writing


Maya Zeller

Mentor, English Professional and Creative Writing

Wednesday May 18, 2022 10:00am - 10:30am PDT
Student Union & Recreation Center (SURC) - Ballrooms B&C

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