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Take poems you like. Decompose them to find of why. Write your own.
What makes a poem “work”? We’ll take poems apart and put them back together to find out. W.D. Snodgrass took 101 acclaimed poems and did just that: he re-wrote them into what he called De/Compositions--or, good poems gone wrong. His versions document how artistic choices accumulate to a transcendent final product. We'll take a similar tack. We’ll tackle poems, render our own versions, and share. Our versions will question each choice the poet made, at the same time we’ll direct energies into making the poems unique, our own.