Experiment with a range of generative writing exercises in this six-week poetry workshop. Ekphrasis is the process of responding to works of art, images, media, and music through writing. We will use this as a jumping off point as we collaborate with each other and the library at Wendy’s Subway. We will also study performance of all sorts (e.g., film, virtual performances) for rhetorical insight into generating new texts.
By journaling before/in front of/with books and art with glee, shock, and ardor, students will gain an audacious authority over their given subjects. This may lead to a high output of writing (poems) and a toolkit for creative composition. In collaborating with each other, we will dip our toes into a version of a “creative communism” that prompted Robert Rauschenberg to reflect that “ideas are not real estate.”
Students’ poems/hybrid writing will be workshopped in small groups, in full class workshops, and by Amy Lawless individually. Readings will be drawn from poems, short stories, multimodal/virtual sources, and essays.
Required Tools: A poetic impulse and writing utensils.
Amy Lawless is the author of the poetry collections My Dead (2013) and Broadax (2017), both from Octopus Books. With Chris Cheney, she is the author of the hybrid book I Cry: The Desire to Be Rejected from Pioneer Works Press' Groundworks Series (2016). Her chapbook, A Woman Alone, was published by Sixth Finch in 2017. Poems have been anthologized in Best American Poetry (a collaboration with Angela Veronica Wong), Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day: 365 Poems for Every Occasion, and the Brooklyn Poets Anthology. Individual poems have appeared widely in print and online publications. Her collaborative poems have appeared in The Volta (with Chris Cheney), Pinwheel and The Common (with Angela Veronica Wong), and The Fanzine and forthcoming in Wendy’s Subway’s Ritual and Capital anthology (with Jeff Alessandrelli). She received a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2011, and has recently taught poetry workshops at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Pioneer Works, Bowery Poetry Club, and Poets House.