Clay Cantrell

Personal Lexicons in Narrative Poetry

Friday, April 12 - 11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Rosa Deal Room 305



Clay Cantrell is a PhD student at the University of Tulsa and holds an MFA from the University of Memphis. His chapbook, Spooling the Luminous Junk, was published by BOAAT Press in 2018. A full length collection, The Landfill Poems, was published by Red Dirt Press in 2016. Find other work at claycantrellartist.com


Personal Lexicons in Narrative Poetry

In “In a Word, a World,” C.D. Wright says, “I love the particular lexicons of particular occupations.” This workshop will look at poems that use specific lexicons as stylistic signatures. In addition to C.D. Wright, we’ll read poems by Richard Hugo, Susan Howe, Tim Earley, and Joyelle McSweeney. How does personal and regionally-specific language fit into a poem? Do they make poems more accessible? We will explore how lexicons weave their ways into poems and create lexical toolboxes of our own.