This workshop will encourage collaboration and close reading of all submitted work. We will pay particular attention to the specific ambition of each poem and how that ambition can be discerned during the writing process through active listening. The emphasis will be on process over product following the maxim, "the most important poem is the one you are about to write". Students will be encouraged to explore techniques that expand their range and help them bring the world into their poems. Discussions will be informed by readings of modern/contemporary poetry and by an ongoing dialogue about image, line and gesture. This course is part of CCA's "Water Works" program. These courses explore ways to integrate science into the studio. The work produced in these courses will be included in a college-wide exhibition on science and architecture, art, design, and writing.