Word Works—Mark Doty: Raising the Stakes

Fri Feb 17 2023, 7 pm
Hugo House Capitol Hill (Seattle)
This is an in-person event
$5 - $15

A good poem makes feeling and thinking scrutable, and makes use of any number of tools (think sonics, image, tone, diction, figurative speech, lineation, white space) to help the writer go more deeply into the material of the poem and engage the reader’s imaginative participation as fully as possible. In this talk, Mark Doty read and discuss a small group of poems that engage with their subjects artfully, and offer a portrait of the perceiver as well as what’s perceived. We’ll try to identify just how this work becomes urgent, heartbreaking, and beautiful, enlarging what we know of the world. What makes them feel complete? Where does the magic reside? Doty will be joined in conversation by Joshua Wilkinson.

Word Works craft talks by novelists, essayists, poets, and memoirists focus on writing as process rather than finished product, examining how language works to inspire and provoke new ideas through live close readings of the writer’s own or others’ work. These talks are designed to apply to writers of all genres as well as illuminate well-known works for avid readers. The talks are followed by an interview with a noted editor, writer, or critic.

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