May You Live in Interesting Times: A Workshop on Political Poetry [Veronica Golos]
All Levels | May you live in interesting times. So goes the ancient Chinese curse. Well, here we are! How are poets answering the moment in which we find ourselves? What are the challenges we face? How does the lyric aid us? We will look at examples from Jeremy Paden’s Prison Recipes, Layli Long Soldier’s (Lakota) Whereas, Sherwin Bitsui’s (Diné) Dissolve, Orlando White’s (Diné) Letterrs, among others—for the use of theme, research, detail, historical documents, deciphering the alphabet letter by letter, surrealism, and persona. We will respond to these poems and to the poems you write in response. Readings and suggestions for responses will be sent early on.