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Writing Poems from the Body


In the beginning, there was Whitman. Walt Whitman wrote “I Sing the Body Electric” in 1855, and although it may not have been the first American poem to address the body, the body is a place both intimate and universal. Our bodies affect how we move through the world and how others perceive and react to us. They can be a source of pleasure and pain.

Sometimes we feel disempowered because other people write over our body, our narrative, by making it theirs. Writing about the body is still considered, in some circles, a taboo and sensationalistic act.

But the body is also the seat of our strength, and to be able to bring forth stories from this wellspring is empowering.

Teaching Artist: Jill Khoury
Four weeks online: $200

Earlier Event: September 2
Dharma Bums: Hiking & Haiku
Later Event: November 6
Symbiosis: Writing & Motherhood