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In this workshop we will look at one of the ancient roots of poetry—to call into existence the world. Our focus will be on the imagination as answering the challenge of making something out of nothing, be it personal myth or cosmic confabulation. We’ll look at some instances that conjure such forces and attempt to write our own.
Dean Young has published ten books of poems, most recently Bender, New and Selected, as well as a book of prose on poetry, The Arts of Recklessness. He currently teaches poetry writing at the University of Austin, Texas.