Week 4: Intentions
Poem 3: Seeing Whales by Michael Dickman
Where does the poem lead us in unintended directions? Are there curiosities about the poem that are unsolvable? Rewrite the poem with either a clear intention--like the clean ring of a bell. Or a messier intention that is united in its details, like Dean Young’s poem, below.
Poem 4: Selected New and Recent Errors by Dean Young
There’s a lot of detail here, and the speed of the poem can add up to poetic whiplash. Recast the poem with your sense of its intention.