Look! Up In The Sky … / The Sky Is Falling: Ascendant And Descendent Gestures In The Poem With Vievee Francis

In this workshop we will explore how poems need not end with an ascendant or descendent gesture to be as haunting and powerful as a poem that affirms the human condition and assures us that we will rise above all of its circumstances. This workshop is based on a series of lectures on inspirational poetry, sometimes called the poetry of agreements; and literary poetry, sometimes referred to as the poetry of dislocation. We will discuss where these types of poetries intersect, but also where they differ in their aims and how we may use various types of closure to free ourselves from received (and often gendered) uninterrogated beliefs around positivity in our efforts to write resonant, impactful work.