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Foremothers: Imitating Women Poets


Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde

In the 18th century, imitation truly was the sincerest form of flattery. But the aping, however artful, often consisted of men responding to the work of other men. The advent of Modernism, with its edicts of "make it new," demoted imitation from flattery to faux pas, but the boys still dominated the conversation. Or did they?

In this workshop, we'll look closely at and imitate the work of twentieth-century women poets in order to reclaim imitation as a feminist strategy, seeking to learn as a group whatever we can from the women whose legacy we're still unearthing. We'll uncover specific strategies, methods, and choices, as we consider deeply the work of poets such as Lucille Clifton, Louise Bogan, Sharon Olds, Audre Lorde, and more. 

Typically, we strive to create a poem as original as possible. In this workshop, we'll find out what happens when we stand unashamed in the center of the tradition out of which we work. 

Four weeks / $175
Teaching artist: Joshua Davis

Earlier Event: November 6
Symbiosis: Writing & Motherhood