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Imaginary Worlds: Inventing Setting for Poems Without Place

Join us for a generative workshop with featured readers Kathryn Nuernberger and Jenny Molberg.

 

What worlds can our poems unlock if we set them in imaginary spaces? In “When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision,” Adrienne Rich writes, “You have to be free to play around with the notion that day might be night, love might be hate; nothing can be too sacred for the imagination to turn into its opposite or to call experimentally by another name. For writing is re-naming.” What if the “place” of the poem you want to write does not exist on this physical earth? What worlds can we create when we feel voiceless where we live? Through a discussion of the work of writers like Tracy K. Smith, Nin Andrews, Matthew Olzmann, Margaret Atwood, Traci Brimhall, and Danez Smith, we will explore the invention of fantastical and fictional worlds in poetry

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Writing Poems Using Non-Literary Forms

Join us for a generative workshop with featured reader Steve Bellin-Oka.

 

Does a "formal" poem have to adhere only to forms we've inherited from the past, like sonnets and villanelles? In this generative workshop, participants will experiment with applying elements of non-literary texts--recipes, questionnaires, advertisements, tables of contents, police interrogations, and resumes, for example--to their own poetic practice. We'll read and discuss some contemporary poems by writers who do this, and then draft a new poem that blurs the line between the literary and the non-literary.

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