ONLINE What’s In A Name? Let’s Talk About Poem Titles
Long titles, short titles, titles that repeat a line or a word, titles that lead into the body of the poem, untitled–let’s talk about different types of poem titles! In this two-hour workshop we will consider how titles work with poem text to add layers of meaning, give clues, emphasize themes, and add to the overall poem aesthetic. This workshop is interactive and requires a short pre-work assignment. Participants are asked to select a short poem from the literature and prepare a short description (2-3 sentences) of how the title and body of the poem work together. We will have a roundtable where participants will share their thoughts with the group. In the later part of this session, we will talk about poem title options for our own works. Participants are encouraged to bring an original poem to the workshop, as there will be time to complete an exercise that encourages experimentation with different title options for in-progress works. Participants can expect to read poems that represent diverse writers and experiences.
This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.
Samantha Jones (she/her) is a Calgary-based poet of mixed white settler and Black Canadian heritage. She is a literary magazine enthusiast with poetry published in Blanket Sea, CV2, Grain, New Forum, Room, Watch Your Head, and elsewhere. Her words appear in the mental health chapbook anthology You are a Flower Growing off the Side of a Cliff (The League of Canadian Poets), March 2020: A COVID-19 Anthology (The /tɛmz/ Review and 845 Press), and Tap, Press, Read (Loft on EIGHTH). Samantha is an alumna of the Banff Centre Spring Writers Retreat and the Iceland Writers Retreat. Find her on Twitter: @jones_yyc.