Constraint-based Poetry

Saturday, Apr 20, 9:00am
RM 250, Healing Center

This poetry reading will feature constraint-based poems by Dora Malech, Lo Kwa Mei-en, Amber Nelson, and Kristi Maxwell. Malech will read anagram poems of Sylvia Plath’s “Metaphor" from her new book Stet; Mei-en will read poems from a nonce form project titled "The Nightingale," a pantoum-based sonnet sequence responding to Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale of that title; Amber Nelson will read from Sexiest Man Alive, which uses found language from interviews with People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive; and Kristi Maxwell will read from a new lipogram series that uses endangered species as each piece’s starting point, exploring the ways absences and vulnerabilities manifest in the language of a poem. The reading will be followed by a Q&A about constraint-based writing—its challenges and rewards.