A poem creates a voice. It does this with verb tense, grammar, vocabulary, rhythm, and silence. It may be a quiet or loud voice. A poem makes an unheard voice possible. A poem can create a voice. It may be in a poem that we discover or hear our own voices for the first time. I recognized when I started writing that I was writing in the rhythm of my mother’s voice. The ways voice is created in a poem may help you find your poetic voice and what you want to say. These are radical voice lessons from poetry for all writers.
Week 1: Lyric tense
Week 2: The barbaric yawp
Week 3 Persona: other as self, self as other
Week 4: Inner voice/inscape
Week 5: Apostrophe: calling into presence
Week 6: Silences and interstices
Poet and psychodrama practitioner Brigid Yuknavitch develops and leads poetry and poetics workshops for Corporeal Writing. She has a 2006 book of poetry Lives of the Puzzleworkers, as well as work in the anthologies Pontoon and Northwest Edge. She has a Ph.d in English and American Literature with a specialization in poetry and poetics, as well as a M.A. in Jungian Clinical psychology; for her, the two go hand in hand because they are both deeply about the creative process and coming into language. She has taught Graduate Seminars on H.D., Dickinson, Sexton, Plath, Brigit Kelly, Olga Broumas, Joy Harjo, Anzaldua, Ai, Levertov, Brooks, Lorde, Hahn and Rich, and is a trainer, educator and practitioner in psychodrama and sociometry. Brigid has a private practice and continues to lead a variety of workshops in both areas. Her goal in her work at Corporeal Writing is to develop workshops that help artists get into a relationship with themselves so they can access their inner poetry and find where their bodies and language come together. Learn more at psycheshorse.com.