Writing The Other With Chard Deniord

This workshop will focus on the transpersonal self as a speaker who crosses over from him or herself to another, as well as to the self itself as “other.” Using such poetic models as Walt Whitman’s eleventh canto, Elizabeth Bishop’s “In the Waiting Room,” Fernando Pessoa’s “The Herdsman,” and Frank Bidart’s “Ellen West,” we will explore a variety of formal and free verse forms as we engage in linear experimentation, fictive intricacy, and lyrical economy. In-class writing exercises will focus on tapping the unconscious as a vital alembic for poetic gold.