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 invited to experiment with creating a poem in different ways. The first is without a plan, beginning with now and the moment. The second is with a plan, either a structure or a topic. Of course both processes have chaos and order. If you are working without a plan the order begins to emerge. Your art is in finding it. If you are working with a plan, your art is to let in the surprises and unexpected turns. Writers can come into their personal poetics when they push what they are doing further or when they go the other direction and more fully experience that unexplored edge. If you don’t write sentences, know that and push it further. Or write in sentences and discover what the sentence is for you. If you are not visual, become a describer, or, relinquish all description. The experiments themselves will stretch your language body.
Week 1: Mappings
Week 2: Juxtapositions
Week 3: The Ode: negative capability
Week 4: Line work
Week 5: Abecedarian
Week 6: Amplifications
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.