A five week online (Zoom) workshop for people who have some spontaneous poetry composition experience & want to go deep. Join Cascadia Poetics Lab and Poetry Postcard Fest Co-Founder Paul E Nelson in a lively course designed to help you tap into deeper levels of knowing that can begin inform your non-writing life & reduce reliance on editing. Some theory to understand the poetics of 20th/21st c approaches to spontaneous composition (see below) some writing exercises, discussion and between class homework. The work of Denise Levertov’s Overland to the Islands will be discussed each week as well as work from poets like, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman, Brenda Hillman, Nate Mackey, Robert Duncan, Robin Blaser and others. along with concepts such as seriality, & investigative poetics & how to write more by getting the most out of first drafts. There will be reading, writing and other assigned materials/exercises available a week before the course begins and each week after.
Thursdays, 4-6pm Pacific Time
Oct 19 & 26 and Nov 2, 9, & 16. $250.
Some scholarships available.