This workshop takes its cue from the beloved “I-do-this-I-do-that” poem initiated by Frank O’Hara about his daily rounds in and around NYC—and adopted by his circle and many poets after. We will look to the daily perambulations of our days for the text of our poems, and for the subtext of our preoccupations. The streets, chores, friends, strangers, conversations and observations of early summer will become the medium; we will aspire to clarification and revelations synthesized through those poems for our reward.
Jessica Greenbaum’s first book, Inventing Difficulty, was awarded the Gerald Cable Prize and praised by George Steiner as a “first book by a poet very much to be listened to.” Her second book, The Two Yvonnes, was chosen by Paul Muldoon for the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets and recognized by Library Journal as one of the Best Books of Poetry in 2012. She is the recipient of the 2016 Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America and a 2015 fellowship from the NEA. She teaches in the World Trade Center’s Health Program for 9/11 first responders and at Barnard College. She has been the poetry editor of upstreet since 2004 and lives in Fort Greene.