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Open Enrollment Class Registration - Dimitrov

The page is a space for any transformation, ritual, or spell to occur. We will begin our class by taking Jack Spicer’s “Poetry as Magic” workshop questionnaire (which he employed in the Bay area in the 1950s) and learning about our ethics as poets while fully diving into the unconscious. How do you write about the self by looking at the world and away from the self? Is the imagination the most personal and unknowable thing we have? What is poetry’s relationship to the occult?

This is a class about surprise. No one will leave as the poet they came. By looking at writers from the San Francisco Renaissance and the New York School of the 50s and 60s, as well as the Beats, we will discuss how repetition, pacing, and drastic leaps may be used as incantatory and revelatory writing devices which create meaning by offering mystery. We will experiment and create as much out of chance as out of order.

We’ll also look at the Language School of the 70s and specifically Lyn Hejinian’s genre shifting book My Life, as an example of how to understand the personal by moving beyond it (is it even possible?). Class will be structured around generative exercises and experiments, workshopping of poems, and discussion of craft, poetics and historical texts.

Fee:$325

Class enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Since many classes fill quickly; we encourage you to enroll early. Your enrollment is complete when full payment for tuition has been received.

Full and Partial Refunds

  • Requests for refunds must be received in writing. To request a refund, email Program Assistant Gia Gonzales at gabriella@poetshouse.org.
  • Poets House retains a $60 processing fee on any refund.
    • Tuition (less processing fee) is refundable until the second class meeting.
    • Six registrants are required in order for a class to run. If a course fails to meet the minimum registration, it will be cancelled and full tuition will be refunded to all registrants.
    • Tuition will not be pro-rated for missed classes.

      
    Please click the "Add to cart" button below to register and pay for the class. Payment secures your spot in the class.

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