“Theory is not inherently healing, liberatory, or revolutionary. It fulfills this function only when we ask that it do so and direct our theorizing to this end….the possession of a term does not bring a process or practice into being.” – bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress
Joseph Stanton, a widely published poet who happens also to be an art historian, offers a workshop that will go beyond ekphrasis to encourage the writing of poems in response to any and all forms of artistic experience. Participants will be provided approaches to use when writing poems in response to witnessings and/or participations in such forms as paintings, movies, fairy tales, plays, and sports events. Poetry as a means of inquiry will be the emphasis throughout.
This workshop begins with a forty-five minute work session where we will make small cardboard looms, take bits of thread and fabric, and make page-sized weavings. No textile arts experience is necessary. Without theorizing, we'll then move right into a writing session where we will transfer this sense of play and "in-expertise" to the blank page. Of course the connection between "to write" and "to weave" is present in the word "text," so we will be building on that ancient association.
In this class we will practice engaging with architecture and social spaces that comprise our idea of home through a series of interrelated exercises. We will focus on various concepts of residence—and what kind of living takes place in them. While one definition of home includes space for the body, another definition might indicate space for the mind. How we reveal our intimate understanding of place is always a risk, because in showing others the shape of where we feel most welcome, we are also inviting them in.
When John Keats said "If poetry comes not as easily as leaves to a tree, it had better not come at all," he wasn't suggesting that poems should come quickly: after all, that is not how leaves come to a tree. Still, for any of us who have ever tried to start a poem and found it difficult or maddening for one reason or another, it's a rather intimidating statement. But what if we could take Keats's aphorism and challenge it on our own terms? In this intensive one-day class, we will do just that.
Ada Limón is the author of four books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency M.F.A program, and the 24Pearl Street online program for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.
To celebrate National Poetry Month, hear from poets who translate each other's work. Flávia Rocha and Idra Novey will read in Portuguese and English; and Melcion Mateu and Rowan Ricardo Phillips will read in Catalan and English. Both pairs will discuss their creative process and the responsibilities of collaboration and translation.
Beginning in the 1960s and continuing through the 1990s, this exhibition charts the creative collaboration and friendship between the New York School Poet Barbara Guest (1920-2006) and painter Fay Lansner (1921-2010). Included in the exhibit are drawings, paintings, collages and portraits of Guest that depict the progressive transformation of the creative process. This is the first time that these works have been brought together in an exhibition.
An event to honor the late, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, featuring John Ashbery, Gillian Conoley, Michael Earl Craig, Jorie Graham, Matthea Harvey, Yusef Komunyakaa, Dorothea Lasky, Emily Pettit, Guy Pettit, Srikanth Reddy, Charles Simic, Arisa White, Charles Wright, Dean Young, and Matthew Zapruder.