Calliope Poetry Series

Calliope Craft Workshops

(in collaboration with the West Falmouth Library)


Saturdays, 11 AM – 2 PM, Lower Activity Room

West Falmouth Library, 575 West Falmouth Highway (Rt. 28A)

$25 each.  Register and prepay through the website,

or by check, made out to “Calliope,” P.O. Box 957, West Falmouth, MA 02574 


March 21st 

***This workshop is sold out. If you want to be on the waiting list, please e-mail or call Alice Kociemba***

The Music of Syntax

            Jennifer Barber, instructor 

Donald Davie, in his classic book, Articulate Energy, describes the syntax of a poem as its “silent music, a matter of tensions and resolutions, of movements sustained or broken, of ease and effort, rapidity and languor.”  In this workshop, we will examine some of the different ways that syntax operates in a poem.  We will use works by contemporary poets as examples and complete some exercises that involve experimentation and play with syntax.

Jennifer is the author of Given Away (2012) and Rigging the Wind 2003).  Her work has appeared in many journals, including AGNI, Field, Harvard Review, the New Yorker, and Upstreet.  She teaches literature and creative writing at Suffolk University in Boston and is founding and current editor of the literary journal Salamander.


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