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The first dictum of Imagism — direct treatment of the “thing” itself, whether objective or subjective — sounds deceptively simple, but is hard to live up to. In this workshop we’ll try to get better at direct treatment. We’ll look at poems from writers such as Hakuro and Wallace Stevens with that in mind. We’ll try, then, to apply what we find out by doing exercises. These might include making efforts, in poetic form, to directly present both objective and subjective “things”; revising our way out of interpretation and commentary; and juxtaposing images with no direct conceptual connection in search of a beauty beyond concepts.
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.
David Guterson is the author of Snow Falling on Cedars, recipient of the 1995 PEN/Faulkner Award; East of the Mountains; Our Lady of the Forest; The Other; and Ed King. Songs for a Summons (University of Washington Press) is his first poetry book.