WORKSHOP LEADER: 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.
WHERE & WHEN: 6-Weeks, Online
Writing poetry demands an attention to language as both signifier and sign. We use the meaning of words and the physical materiality of words. Becoming the reader as well as the writer of your poem allows the poem to push you toward transformations. You open doors when you enter into poetic practice and part of the practice is learning to notice them. Poems take you somewhere in their unfolding. Language changes before your eyes as it is suspended across lines. What we look at sees us. What we invade invades us. As you attend to what you know in writing the poem, what you don’t yet know enters in. This workshop is about learning to step out of your poetics and see where they point. How do you shift to become the reader of your work.
Week 1: Beyond Polarities
Week 2: Following Language
Week 3: Following Metaphor
Week 4: Dropping down or foreground/background
Week 5: Inscape
Week 6: Invocation: A muse and a reader
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