The Poetics of Silence: A Poetry Workshop: Stacie Cassarino (4/28 @4:30-6)
This workshop will center on breaking and creating silences through poetry. Drawing from Audre Lord’s idea of the transformation of silence into language and action, we will work towards writing silences, unearthing hidden subjects, translating the unsayable, and exploring how the spaces of a poem open encounters with silence & sound, self & world, body & mind. In readings and writing exercises that invite us to work within, through, and beyond language, we’ll also consider the spaces between words (what’s withheld, unsaid, left out from the body of a poem), especially in relation to embodied identities (queer, racial, gendered), and as reflective of the process of memory (trauma, grief). Our engagement with poetry will cover formal, spatial, oral, musical, and visual ideas, and will focus on connections to mindfulness and healing. Poetic forms will include erasure, confessional, epistolary, prose, elegy, found, ode, ekphrastic, and more.