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Generating Associative Verse

All Levels | How can we, as poets, access our subconscious minds—the land of dream, the territory where bizarre and surreal “stuff” surfaces? What’s the difference between associative writing and language poetry? Through studying the work of Osip Mandelstam, Cesar Vallejo, and Paul Celan, poets whose work jumps and leaps, we’ll explore the process of association. The instructor will supply a new prompt for each session to generate new work as sequences or stand-alone pieces for workshop and critique.

Syllabus

Each class session we will use 50 minutes for new materials & discussion. The balance of the class will be utilized for generating new work via prompts provided by the instructor, with time for workshop & critique.

Week 1
What is associative writing?
John Ashbery: Love him or hate him
Prompt & workshop

Week 2
Marina Tsvetaeva: Complexity, digression & sound play
Prompt & workshop

Week 3
Osip Mandelstam: Place as exile & point of departure
Prompt & workshop

Week 4
Edith Södergran: Leaps!
Prompt & workshop

Week 5
Tomas Tranströmer: Plumbing the depths
Prompt & workshop

Week 6
Kaveh Akbar: Calling a Wolf a Wolf
Workshop extant poems

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through the end of 2020.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Judith Skillman

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 02/14/2019

End Date: 03/21/2019

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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$295.00 General Price:

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Judith Skillman

Judith Skillman is the recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets and Artist Trust. Her recent collection is The Truth About Our American Births, Shanti Arts, 2020. Poems have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, Zyzzyva, We Refugees, and other journals and anthologies. She is the author of Broken Lines—The Art & Craft of Poetry. For more, please visit judithskillman.com.

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