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May You Live in Interesting Times: A Workshop on Political Poetry

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Sherwin Bitsui’s (Diné) Dissolve, Orlando White’s (Diné) Letterrs, among others—for the use of theme, research, detail, historical documents, deciphering the alphabet letter by letter, surrealism, and persona.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.

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Instructor: Veronica Golos

Class Type: 2 Sessions

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Start Date: 07/10/2021

End Date: 07/11/2021

Days of the Week: Saturday, Sunday

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Veronica Golos

Veronica Golos is author of four poetry books: A Bell Buried Deep (Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize); Vocabulary of Silence (New Mexico Poetry Prize); Rootwork and GIRL (Naji Naaman Honor Prize for Poetry.) Her work has been extensively translated into Arabic; also Persian and Italian. She lives in Taos, New Mexico.

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