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What we love most about our dreams is also what can make them frightening: they’re of our making, but out of our control. Surrealism aims to access the parts of us that build the imaginative landscapes we visit in our dreams, and turn those parts loose on our waking lives, and our writing. In this course, we’ll explore the many functions of the mind’s eye—the imagination—in poetry. The Surrealists played rigorous games to generate their work—so we will, too.
Laura Eve Engel is the author of Things That Go (Octopus Books). The recipient of fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, her work can be found in The Awl, Best American Poetry, Boston Review, The Nation, PEN America, Tin House and elsewhere.