Nationally renowned poet, editor and teacher, Ginger Murchison, visited the 8th and 9th grade creative writing classes on Thursday, September 8th. Murchison presented a lecture called “Grammar: the Way to Intensity in Poems.” While the students were initially hesitant and intimidated by this concept, Ginger quickly drew the whole class into a lively discussion about the ways grammar works to do much of the heavy lifting to build intensity, to sharpen images, to write crisper and fresher lines and to add energy to our poems. We looked at several poems that expertly use verbs and verbals to play with time and the reader’s emotional responses, and Ginger presented multiple ways in which grammar can be followed or abandoned in narrative or lyric poetry.
Here is her complete bio:
Ginger Murchison started writing poetry after a thirty-one-year teaching career. She earned her MFA from Warren Wilson College and, together with Thomas Lux, helped found POETRY at TECH at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she served as associate director for five years and as one of its Visiting McEver Chairs in Poetry. She serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Frost Place, is a member of the conference faculty for the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, and is Editor in Chief of the acclaimed Cortland Review. Her new collection of poems, a scrap of linen, a bone, was published January, 2016 by Press 53.