In this workshop we’ll do a deep dive into the quatrain – what does it mean to write in these stanzas? Where have they taken poetry in the past? What can we do with them? We’ll talk about, of course, formal considerations, but also some more philosophical ones. Participants will produce original work in this seminar, which will meet twice–first to see where the quatrain might take us in discussion and a week later to workshop poems written in the wake of that discussion.