Erotic Poetry Study Hall: Lucille Clifton's Collected Poems
In Audre Lorde’s "Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power,” Lorde describes the erotic as “a well of replenishing, more than just physical sensation/the pornographic, it is power, information, and the chaos of our strongest feelings.”
In this class, we will explore the Lordean Erotics in the The Collected Poetry of Lucille Clifton. We will read poems from Clifton through a Lordean erotic lens, noting where Clifton’s poems are alive, deep with feeling, replenishing, and integrated with her living. As we turn towards our own poetry, Clifton and Lorde will guide us in reclaiming our own erotic lives and deepest feeling from whatever taints, tarnishes, or spoils it. Students can expect to begin one new poem and receive feedback from the class.
This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!
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