Open Level Poetry Workshop
1-day workshop at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop
This 3-hour workshop welcomes students who are interested in experimenting with poetry as a dynamic tool for communication, self-expansion, social impact, and worldmaking. We will spend the first hour generating writing based on in-class exercises; we’ll get inspiration from overheard language, visual art, a diverse selection of poetry, and group discussion. The next two hours will be dedicated to workshopping a poem by each student submitted in advance of the class and distributed before we meet. In our time together, we’ll ask ourselves how our ingrained daily and weekly habits, activities, and tendencies are forms of reading and writing, aiming to leave the room awake to the fertile material we encounter daily, and energized to keep writing. The class is capped at 8 students to allow ample time for workshopping each poem.
Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop
141 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Sunday, August 25, 12-3pm
To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org with 5 pages of your work or links to your work online. Indicate which poem among the selection you would like workshopped.
$85. Proceeds go toward the instructor, the bookstore, and materials.
Those who apply by July 20 will receive a $10 discount.
Influence in Both Directions
Level II Workshop for Brooklyn Poets, Summer 2019
In his book The Life of Plants: A Metaphysics of Mixture, philosopher Emanuele Coccia writes that “the living being is an environment for the world in the same way in which the remaining things of the world are the environment of the living individual. Influence always goes in both directions.” In this workshop, each of us will identify a single object of attention (a particular thing, creature or environment—living or dead, animate or inanimate) at the outset, and then explore it in writing for the duration of our time together, sharpening and expanding our reception, perception, and depiction of it through each new poem we write. Drafts may accumulate as one long poem in parts, or as a series of related poems; our aim will be to transfer the energy of our chosen creature, place, or object into the bodies of our poems. Weekly writing prompts will be inspired by poetic series such as Eleni Vakalo’s “Plant Upbringing” and Lydia Davis’s “The Cows,” and individual poems by Yusef Komunyakaa, Liu Xia, Lucille Clifton, Francisco X. Alarcón, Ana Luísa Amaral, Elizabeth Bishop, Federico García Lorca, Jack Spicer, James Schuyler, and Wong May. Influenced and motivated by these voices, Coccia’s words and Simone Weil’s assertion that “attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity,” we’ll trust that the longer we look at and into our subjects—the more time and energy we offer them in the space of our poems—the more clearly and vibrantly they’ll shine through the words we choose to embody them. In discovering and rediscovering their richness, we’ll attempt to learn more about ourselves and our voices as poets.
Professor: Emily Hunt
Dates: June 23–July 21, 2019
Time: Sundays, 3–6 PM
Class size: 5–10 students
Registration deadline: SUN, JUNE 16, 2019
Earlybird discount: $15 off by SUN, JUNE 2
Fall 2017 Poetry Workshop
This workshop will consist of reading and writing assignments, group discussions, and in class critiques. It will be capped at 9 participants to allow for ample time for close readings of each draft. Optional writing prompts will be given each week for those who are interested in experimenting with them. Rather than adhering to an overarching theme, our discussions will develop in response to the distinct poems and perspectives each writer brings to the room. A few questions we will tackle together: How can poetry allow us to become unstuck, or to synthesize and magnify experience? How can our work trace and reflect back to us the evolution of our thoughts and perceptions, our histories, our ways of moving through the world? What makes certain poems propel, inspire, ground, or capture us, stay with us for years or leave us as quickly as they found us? How do our patterns of moving between environments on the page and on the ground—shifting as they can be—influence our experiences of reading and creating? As we embrace the pleasures and challenges of sharing work with friends and strangers, we will consider voice, image, pacing, diction, and form. We will look closely at the work of writers such as June Jordan, Renee Gladman, Chika Sagawa, Etel Adnan, Ari Banias, and Sara Nicholson, to name a few. We will begin with passages from Muriel Rukeyser’s The Life of Poetry, and her words will carry us through our five weeks together: “Communication comes, to make this place fertile, to make it possible to meet the world with all the resources we have, the fund of faith, the generous instruments of imagination and knowledge. Poetry may be seen as one sum of such equipment, as an image of the kind of fullness that can best meet the evening . . .”
141 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
2 sessions will run concurrently for 5 weeks; when applying, please indicate which session you prefer:
Session 1: Sundays 11:30am-1:30pm, Oct 8–Nov 5
Session 2: Mondays 7-9pm, Oct 9–Nov 6
To ask questions or apply, email email@example.com, indicate whether you prefer the Sunday or Monday session, and include 5 pages of your work or links to your work online. Artists, prose writers, or others who are interested in experimenting with poetry for the first time are very welcome. The cost to participate is $200, and classes will be held at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop. Proceeds go toward the instructor, the space, and materials.