WHERE: Online for 6 Weeks
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.
Dissent and Witnessing:
How is it possible to make a voice or voices heard? How is it possible to create with words when words are being used to persuade, consume, justify, sell, execute, mollify, hide and silence? We are going to learn from poets who stood before these questions. They have used form, metaphor, outrage, gesture, rhythm, the body, beauty, pity, nuance, loss, irony, and anything else they could command of themselves. How can you witness what is not in your experience? How can you speak for others? Can you know your own complicity and speak to it in others? What new feelings, what new bodies must we imagine?
Week 1: Breaking form
Week 2: Bringing the body into view
Week 3: The unspeakable
Week 4: Strident female voices
Week 5: Loss
Week 6: Intimacy
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