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EVENT GUiDE September 24 Session 2

Dungy: What Looking Might Mean | Friday 2:30-5:30pm

“Look at the world carefully.” That is one of the most common pieces of advice people give about how to be a better writer. But, what can that really mean? How do you train your gaze to look more closely, more carefully, and more imaginatively? In this generative workshop, we will try some strategies toward […]

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EVENT GUiDE September 24 Session 1

Nguyen: Listening to Images | Friday 11am-2pm

The title for this master class is lifted from the title of scholar Tina M. Campt’s insightful text on ways of listening closely to photography; it informs how we will attune ourselves to the “lower frequencies” of a photographic image so that we can register “‘felt sound[s]’–sound that, like a hum, resonates in and as […]

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EVENT GUiDE September 24 Session 2

Dickman: Radical Revision | Friday 2:30-5:30pm

In this class we will look at the revision process, our own and others. We will each take a poem we have already written through several “radical” revision exercises and see if we can’t evolve our ideas of revision as an act into revision as an extended practice, examine ego and ownership, and leave with […]

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EVENT GUiDE September 24 Session 1

Luna: Documentary Poetics | Friday 11am-2pm

If one looks up the nomenclature, Documentary Poetics, one quickly learns there is much interest and debate surrounding the term: What is the difference between Poetry of Witness and Documentary Poetics? Does Documentary Poetics inherently contain a political narrative or position? Titles and debates aside, the idea of using a third point of reference in […]

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EVENT GUiDE Session 7

Teague | Beyond Ornament: Metaphor that Matters

Mary Ruefle says, “metaphor is not idle comparison, but an exchange of energy, an event.” Tony Hoagland says, “in every metaphor there is a tension between the forces of gravity and antigravity, between the marriage to realism and the rebellion of fantasy.” In this workshop, we’ll look at the energy exchanges in some great metaphors, […]

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EVENT GUiDE Session 7

Wray | Queering the Nature Poem

Given all the assumptions we tend to bring to biology, a consideration of the queerness in nature has drawn the attention of many poets. From Bruce Snider’s recent work, such as “After Reading the Wikipedia Entry on Homosexual Behavior in Moths” to Natalie Diaz’s gorgeous river verse in Postcolonial Love Poem, which as a collection […]

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EVENT GUiDE Session 6

Dickman | Ode to an Enemy

I believe that empathy is one of the most powerful ingredients found in the creative act of writing. In this spirit we will visit the celebratory form of odes: briefly look at its history, read some examples from Neruda and others, and write one ourselves though not to a Grecian Urn but instead to a […]

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EVENT GUiDE Session 6

Bradfield | Self-Ekphrasis

Are you a painter, photographer, cartoonist, sculptor AND poet? What are the possibilities and pitfalls of inviting your own visual art to rest alongside poetry? How can image and text sing, complicate, harmonize with and not merely repeat one another? From broadsides to haibun to erasures to other pairings, we’ll examine and explore how the […]

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EVENT GUiDE Session 6

Coffin | Making Your Page Poem into a Performance Piece

Decades ago, Lyn Coffin was on the SLAM team Ann Arbor sent to the National competition in Austin, Texas. She was inspired by the many great performance poems she heard and has a deep love of performance poetry, as well as “academic” or formal poetry. Almost the entire class will be devoted to workshopping the […]

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EVENT GUiDE Session 5

Chen | Attending to Our Breathing: Exploring Space and the Line

Poetry and hybrid forms often circle around the space between the lines, what’s underneath the surface. In this workshop, we will consider the breath in our writing via a consideration of the white space and line break in our writings.