Speculative Poetry: Writing Past the Apocalypse

Speculative Poetry: Writing Past the Apocalypse


What’s left after the apocalypse? Binary codes, crickets, holograms, hope, tin horses, radioactive wolves, zombies? Since the age of HG Wells, writers have turned to dystopian narratives and imagery in order to make social commentary and come to terms with difficult political atmospheres and at-risk natural environments. From social structure to deep space, contemporary poets have contributed to the genre with poems that speculate on what it looks like to survive after the proverbial “other shoe” drops.

In times of great anxiety, the images and metaphors of our language and writing often focus on the end of days. In this four-week generative course, we will study poems in the apocalyptic canon, including works by poets including sam sax, Maggie Smith, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Jamaal May, and Burlee Vang, and dream into the space we need to write our own vision for the end-of-the-world.

November 12-December 9, Online

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Teaching Artist


Stacey Balkun

Stacey Balkun is the author of Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak & Lost City Museum. Winner of the 2017 Women's National Book Association Poetry Prize, her work has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, Muzzle, and others. Chapbook Series Editor for Sundress Publications, Stacey holds an MFA from Fresno State and teaches poetry online at The Poetry Barn & The Loft.