Craft Talk

The craft talk below, How We Are Changed by the Rhythms of Poetry, later became a Writer’s Chronicle article, which you can read here.  I am grateful to the Palm Beach Poetry Festival and its founder Miles Coon for the opportunity to offer this talk and for the recording.

I’ve always been fascinated by how poetic rhythms move us–quite literally and physically (whether the work be poetry or prose).  Syllable by syllable, we are manipulated to experience a specific series of emotions.  Close analysis can reveal some of the secrets of rhythm’s power.  It’s like studying a musical score…

Part 1: Intro, Part 2: Gerard Manley Hopkins, Part 3: Shakespeare, Part 4: Langston Hughes, Part 5: Jane Hirshfield.