How many languages/tongues do you speak? How many landscapes does your body navigate? How deeply do you listen? Does everything have to be completely understood? Through a series of writing exercises, a bit of translation/mistranslation and the use of Butch Morris’ Conduction Theory, we’ll explore the possibilities of writing and performance while not seeking to become performance poets. During this six weeks, we will look at excerpts from A Manifesto for Discomfortable Writing and A Manifesto for Ultratranslation.
Our culture encourages us to only talk about the big questions through an examination of the everyday and the specific. But sometimes we want to speak directly to the things that stupefy and excite us and to address the big questions. In the last century, humanity has undergone huge transformations in science and technology and we have not yet metabolized all this in our written culture. In addition to beginning such writing, we’ll read poetry and essays that are overtly about big ideas, like meaning, time, death, chance, suffering, and the external reality of the world.
In this seminar we’ll work outside of and between forms and search for logics poetic or otherwise in our fledgling pieces, letting what emerges from things currently tangled, broken or uncollected be our guide toward form. We will assess efforts weekly and leave each class with a new set of keys to attempt to turn. And if we wind up with something sounding more like it wants to be an essay, we will hear where and how it sings to tune or compose anew.
In this workshop we’ll develop multiple ways of gathering material through writing and experimenting with journaling, researching and taking notes. We’ll explore walking/writing meditation, layered journaling, collaging from news and other resources, and more. Readings will be from Matsuo Basho, Harry Mathews, Jack Kerouac, Harryette Mullen William Carlos Williams, Helene Cixous, Bernadette Mayer and Ed Sanders, among others. Students will leave the class with a collection of five poems or short prose pieces.
Join us for the opening of this exhibition, drawn from the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University, exploring the vibrant, often funny, and always fascinating portraits of time, affection and ties of love and friendship through the unique and longstanding tradition of writers sending of poetic holiday cards.
Always be a poet, even in prose.– Charles Baudelaire
For the Fall 2014 season, Poets House invites you to explore poetry’s complex relationship with fiction, memoir, essay, theater, science and more through talks, seminars, and workshops presented by leading cross-genre writers. From page to paint to stage, trace a poet’s ability to infuse, implore, recall, and awaken new possibilities in language across the arts and beyond.
On view: Tuesday, December 2, 2014–Saturday, March 21, 2015
From "Happy Holidays" from Langston Hughes to "Seasons Greetings" from Seamus and Marie Heaney, calling cards from Marianne Moore, and handmade valentines between Alice Notley and Ted Berrigan, the sending of poetic holiday cards is a unique and longstanding tradition. Drawn from the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University, this exhibition explores the vibrant, often funny, and always fascinating portraits of time, affection and ties of love and friendship.