“Life’s nonsense pierces us with strange relation,” writes poet Wallace Stevens. In this workshop, we will explore how to “make sense” of poetry’s relationship to the unconscious and the use we can make of this relationship for poetic composition and revision. We will discuss the notion of associative logic, look at poems by poets such as Charles Simic, Tomaz Salamun, Brenda Hillman, and Gertrude Stein. Before the festival begins, we will embark on a two-part poetry exercise that engages the unconscious, and workshop our visions once we convene together. Each participant will also submit two poems (no more than five pages total) for group critique: you are encouraged to submit, for at least one of them, a messy, half-baked poem!
Save the dates! January 20-25, 2020 in Delray Beach.