Vaux | Tone Police: Breaking Out of Voice Habits in Your Poetry

Aileen Keown Vaux


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Poetry is the rare art form that can function as a visual performance as well as an auditory experience. Tone, or your attitude toward the speaker/audience/subject matter, is what turns a good poem into a memorable one. In this close-study workshop we will look at poems from writers like Natalie Shapiro, Jos Charles, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Tommy Pico and others, who have developed singular voices in their poetry. The aim of this workshop will be to identify the tools poets use to create tone and apply them to your own work, deepening your relationship to your poetry. At the end of this course you should be able to think more clearly about how you develop your voice on the page and how to translate that voice while reading your work to others.