Lashley | Finding Your Own Organic Breath on the Page

Robert Lashley

Breath is the poetic term that belongs most to the reader and writer to define. Yet because of faulty teaching and the public pressure to put a hierarchy on forms, it remains tough for even the best poets to grapple with. Using the examples of Lucille Clifton, Margaret Walker, Yehuda Amichai, and Kay Ryan we will go into the syllabic and synaptic range one can have on the page when finding their own voice. Then we will try out an exercise in automatic writing.