Jennifer Michael Hecht is a poet, historian, essayist, and commentator. She is the author of Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson. She has also written The End of the Soul: Scientific Modernity, Aetheism, and Anthropology. Her best-known volume of poetry is Funny. She also has written several journals, including A History of Ideas.


Friday: A Poetry Workshop with Jennifer Michael Hecht

There are poems that are too strange to be true, but that ring stunningly true in the world of feeling. How does wild imagination bring us to reverberating gongs of truth? We will read two poems that do this magic, James Tate’s “It Happens Like This,” and Brigit Pegeen Kelly’s “Song.” Yes, they both feature goats, and we’ll talk about that. (Also perhaps take a look at my poem “Anti-Gravity Time Machine” in Plume, online.) We’ll also talk about how such poems let imagination lead us into the emotionally real, and play with how we can bring these insights into our own writing.