Education: Poets on the Farm

"We don't believe that we can make a poet out of a sow's ear," says Poet-Professor Paul Engle, "not even in Iowa, where we've got some damn fine sows' ears." But Paul Engle, 48, professor of English at the State University of Iowa in Iowa City, has fashioned the best workshop in the nation for young poets in an area surrounded by cows and corn.

This week Engle's Poetry Workshop is commemorating the centennial of the publication of Flowers of Evil by 19th century French Poet Pierre-Charles Baudelaire. High point of the centennial: the publication of Homage to Baudelaire, a book of...

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