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Erasure Poems: This Vanishing is Illuminating

Pausing our usual vocabularies in favor of a giddy, intuitive stumbling, we’ll make new poems by erasing, obscuring, and masking old text. Each student will generate a beautiful, seemingly impenetrable question or choose a koan (paradoxical statement) to explore through writing. Allowing this question to germinate while also forgetting about it, we will make new erasure poems meant to be tilted, vibrant responses to our inquiry. Expect to write five new poems. We’ll read the work of Tom Phillips, Matthea Harvey, Mary Ruefle, Ronald Johnson, and Jen Bervin.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Winter quarter 2021.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Samar Abulhassan

Class Type: 2 Sessions

Start Date: 04/25/2015

End Date: 04/26/2015

Days of the Week: Saturday, Sunday

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Samar Abulhassan

Samar Abulhassan holds an MFA. from Colorado State University and has worked as a teaching artist for a decade, for Seattle Arts and Lectures' WITS Program, Hugo House, Jack Straw, and the Skagit River Poetry Foundation. Born to Lebanese immigrants and raised with multiple languages, she is a 2006 Hedgebrook alum and the author of multiple chapbooks, including Farah and Nocturnal Temple. She received a 2016 CityArtist grant to complete a novel-in-poems, reflecting on memory, longing and the Arabic alphabet ignited while exploring Pike Place Market and Seattle’s waterfront.

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