The Uncut Hair of Graves: Metaphor Workshop

In need of better metaphors? Tired of the same old similes? In this poetry workshop we will expand and explode the idea of what the metaphor can do in a piece of writing. How can objects from our everyday life, from history, from nature help to arrange and rearrange meaning in our poems? Is all the world really a stage? How is a hospital bed like a parked taxi with the meter running? Who cares if grass reminds me of the beautiful uncut hair of graves? By exploring examples of inventive uses of metaphor in contemporary poetry, we will attempt to discover what makes an effective metaphor and how metaphors can impact the effect of a poem. Then we will engage in a number of exercises to help us write and revise poems of our own.

Russell Brakefield is the author of  Field Recordings (Wayne State University Press, 2018).  He received his MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program. His most recent work appears or is forthcoming in  Bomb, The Southeast Review, Coldfront, The Shallow Ends, The Literary Review,  and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from the University of Michigan Musical Society, the Vermont Studio Center, and the National Parks Department.

Russell Brakefield is the author of Field Recordings (Wayne State University Press, 2018). He received his MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program. His most recent work appears or is forthcoming in Bomb, The Southeast Review, Coldfront, The Shallow Ends, The Literary Review, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from the University of Michigan Musical Society, the Vermont Studio Center, and the National Parks Department.