Body Poetics

online poetics workshops :: take one or take them all :: jump in where you can

These online workshops are designed to help you get into relationship with your personal poetics by presenting ideas and examples, giving experiments or prompts, and a place to then post your work and receive feedback from Brigid and others. 

Brigid Yuknavitch

Brigid Yuknavitch

We all have personal poetics, but in order to communicate it, be seen, heard, read, we have to give our body's rhythm a form. Language is how we make meaning, and poetics how we give our body's rhythm a form. Poetry is an experience in the body. There is no right or wrong way to write. We are not polishing but pushing into language. Which makes it a perfect place for beginners and prose writers, as well as practicing poets who want to begin again from new places. 

  • WORKSHOP LEADER: Brigid Yuknavitch.

  • WHERE & WHEN: Each workshop is 6 weeks and includes a lesson, examples, and an experiments, on a rich and interactive online platform.

  • PARTICIPATION EXPECTATION: You are expected to give feedback, which we provide a how-to-guide for, to at least two other writers' work every week. This is important and a commitment we ask you to take seriously.

  • COST: Each 6-week workshop is $350.


The Edge of Reason: poetic line

The form of the poem organizes our sensory and felt experience as we read. It supports and disrupts what the language is saying. The line slows the sentence down. The line makes a dance inside the sentence. The line breaks open the sentence. The line registers what the sentence tried to contain...

Next Start Date: TBD

Perceiving Form: Forming Perception

Early poetic forms created order and pattern in a fearful world. The forms we have received from the past are both part of our experience and foreign. As we use received forms its as if we re-enter them as the future they imagined and bring them forward in new ways...

Next Start Date: 10/21/18


Another Voice

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...

Next Start Date: TBD

Chaos and Order: Finding Shore

Art makes order out of chaos and chaos out of order. We need both to stay alive. We need what we don’t yet know as much as what we know. We each search for an optimal relationship between the two that lets us express ourselves in the world. You're art is in finding it...

Next Start Date: TBD

Drawings by  Louise Bourgeois

Drawings by Louise Bourgeois

Soma and Sense

These experiments are in writing process. Each follows symbols you encounter through your sensing body. We all have different modalities that are strongest in our imaginations and psyches. And, working in more than one heightened sensory field can deepen your process...

Next Start Date: 5/12/19

Dislocations: Writing as Body

Whenever we imagine beyond the body we create a new body. And we will do just that in these writing experiments. They’re called Dislocations and might also be called Relocations. Point of view and character are dislocations in this sense. But what we’re imagining in these experiments goes further...

Next Start Date: 6/23/19

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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