On April 13th I had the opportunity to attend a Master Class lead by Kevin Young, who recently published his eighth poetry collection, Book of Hours. I am very grateful to Kevin for the very helpful feedback on one of my poems and to Literary Arts for organizing the class and providing a scholarship for me.
Favorite advice from Kevin to the class: think about how people talk; it’s not often in full sentences. Rhythm variation helps poems sound musical and colloquial. If you hear your poem calling out to you musically, you have to follow it.