Powers Of The Strange + Particular With Aracelis Girmay

In this workshop we will consider the ways that reading or writing a poem might be an act of resuscitation. An awakening of one’s “sight,” mind and questions. We will read the work of writers whose texts are original, strange, wondering, and will consider the powers of such elements (and here I am hearing Paul Celan in “The Meridian” translated by Pierre Joris: “The poem estranges. It estranges by its existence, by the mode of its existence, it stands opposite and against one, voiceful and voiceless simultaneously, as language, as language setting itself free…” Participants: please come ready to read, experiment, write. Each participant should bring a copy of a meaningful, mysterious, powerful/potent, resonant photo from their personal album or archive.