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All Levels | This course will look at writing that tap into what is outside of a writer’s conscious control— channeling, divination, somatic ritual, etc. We’ll explore work by Jack Spicer, Harryette Mullen, and CA Conrad, among others. Each week we’ll engage in writing exercises that aim to break logical expectations and lead to surprise. In early weeks, we’ll focus on individual poems, building up to working with linked poems that explore one subject from multiple vantage points.
Matt Trease is an artist and astrologer. He serves on the board of the Seattle Poetics Lab and co-curates the MarginShift reading series. Poems are in Phoebe, Fact-Simile, Hotel Amerika, Juked, and the anthology, Make-It-True Meets Medusario (Pleasure Boat Studio, 2019).
Teaching Philosophy: There has to be lots of room for play and exploration without judgement. Each writer needs to be given some tools, yes, but mostly just room to find and set their own intentions. I believe that the classroom is place to explore lots of potential models, play games, and stumble into the many avenues for making sense of our thoughts and emotions.
Writers I return to: Bernadette Mayer, Ted Berrigan, Shiela E Murphy, Alice Notley, Yoko Ono, Mina Loy, Jackson MacLow, Robert Duncan, Jack Spicer, Lorinne Niedecker, Amiri Baraka, Hoa Nguyen, CA Conrad, and Terrance Hayes among others
Favorite writing advice: There is no such thing as Writer's Block, only an unwillingness to play.