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.
Be ready to engage a full embodiment of poetic response, moving across multiple dimensions of written expression, summoning language from the vastness of your inner and outer worlds, experience imagination reaching beyond the cerebral and into the sensory.
Using everything from fortune cookies to visual art, in this workshop, we’ll search for unexpected ways to tunnel into your poems, while allowing the writing to steer us to its best possible poetic forms, including micro-fiction and hybrids.
All writers are in a constant dialogue with everything that has been written before them. Our writing is shaped, consciously or unconsciously, by great literature and inherited culture. These influences are a rich mine of tradition that begs to be re-visioned and made fresh. This workshop will provide exercises that open writers to the possibilities of rediscovering their conscious and unconscious sources through poetry.
Día de los Muertos, retablos, and ofrendas will serve as models for our poems in this workshop. Altars create a sacred space in the home and are used as a place of prayer and worship, reflection and meditation or song. Join us in laying marigolds and sweet bread and whatever items or images are sacred to you upon the altars of our poems.