Emily Dickinson wrote “When I state myself, as the Representative of the Verse—it does not mean—me—but a supposed person…” Nevertheless some readers of poetry seem to doubt that poets are as capable as other writers of making things (and people) up. So we’ll reexamine that old concept of the poem’s speaker, and other characters, as differentiated from the author (though perhaps sharing some of the author’s characteristics and history), analogous to characters in fiction, films, plays, operas, etc.
Patrick Donnelly is the author of four books of poetry. Former poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts, Donnelly is director of the Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place, and an associate editor of Poetry International.
Location: Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow, NY
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