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Writing the Surreal and the Sensual: A Redefinition [Susan Rich]

Intermediate | What does Sylvia Plath’s braid, an hourglass museum, and a lampshade of silvering hair have in common? These are images conjured by American poets writing today. Though traditionally a white male realm, surrealist poetics is currently undergoing an exciting revolution. Together, will generate a collage of new poems using surrealist prompts and seeking out mentor poems in the work of Kelli Russell Agodon, Terrance Hayes, Diane Seuss, Warsan Shire and others. We’ll share and discuss poems produced in class.