This week, Skye Learning is spotlighting Lloyd Schwartz, an award-winning poet, critic, and teacher. Lloyd Schwartz is currently the Poet Laureate of Somerville, MA. For nearly 40 years, he taught poetry at UMass Boston, where he helped to establish a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.
Schwartz has authored five books of poetry, including Little Kisses and the forthcoming Who’s on First (New and Selected Poems). His poems have been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Best of the Best American Poetry, and other prominent journals. In 1994, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism regarding his work on American poet Elizabeth Bishop.
Skye is thrilled to feature Lloyd Schwartz in Creative Writing: Poetry, a new online course designed for personal enrichment. In the video below, Schwartz discusses whether poets intentionally incorporate poetic devices, like metaphor or consonance, into their work. He also shares his thoughts on avoiding poetic clichés.
Interested in reading poetry more critically and writing poetry in a variety of forms? Hear more from Lloyd Schwartz, strengthen your poetry skills, and write and download your work through Creative Writing: Poetry, available now!