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.