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Poetry I: Intro to Dialogue Poetics

6 Fridays starting February 24th, 6:00-9:00pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

In dialogue poetics we pay careful attention to the way language enters and takes root inside our bodies. We honor our lived realities: what had happened was...what I had meant to say...the way it went know what I mean? In dialogue poetics we pay attention to the hooks, the repetition of a phrase, the insistence of ritual. On her creative process, breakbeat poet Angel Nafis states, "Basically everything I write is as a direct result of something somebody said." For Nafis, poetry is constructed through the distillation of discourse: the going over, remembering, and reinterpretation of what was and was not said. In this multi-week workshop, we'll make a glossary of the sayings and words that have never left us, uncover who and what it was that said them, and describe how it was they've come to grow in us. You’ll begin new writing and receive feedback on work in progress. We'll play around with different tools for generating new writing, and put together a catalog of poems to edit toward publication. Writers we'll study include: Ocean Voung, Solmaz Sharif, Claudia Rankine, Safia Elhilo, Jameson Fitzpatrick, Ada Limón, Xandra Philips, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, and many more.

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Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah
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  • Generate New Work
  • In-Class Writing Prompts
  • In-Class Writing
  • Instructor Feedback
  • Revision Assignments
  • In-Class Reading


  • Poetry

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