We will glean how the letter is a cousin to the poem. Indeed, they both share the need to communicate to a reader in evocative language. But in the epistolary poem the writer might be a persona and the reader might be “real,” invented, historic, an animal or a place. Masters in this genre: the Medieval Chinese poet Cao Zhi, Elizabeth Bishop, Ezra Pound, Langston Hughes and Bernadette Mayer will guide us in our process.
$30. All proceeds will go to the Volunteer Children's Development Association Siem Reap, Cambodia
Opening Reception Program, in conjunction with the Cambodian Resiliency Exhibition, First Congregational UCC, Portland
In this generative workshop, we will grapple with what constitutes poetry of resistance and resilience in the light of extreme social justice violations, including genocide. We will discuss the role of poetry in our current political climate, and investigate how to respond to economic inequity, environmental degradation, sexism, racism and heterosexism through the poem’s lyrics, and no resort to polemical language. Poetry from masters of this genre: Martin Espada, Brian Turner, Carolyn Forche, John Smelcer, Khmer poet U Sam Oeur, and Oregon poets Frances Payne Alder and Carter McKenzie will guide us in this process.
Selected Past Workshops
November 13, 2016
San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival
WRITING THE POLITICAL POEM
San Luis Obispo, California
August 14, 2016
Willamette Writers Conference
HOW TO PUBLISH THE FULL-LENGTH POETRY MANUSCRIPT
January 20 – Jan. 25, 2015
Voices Israel: A Group of Israeli Poets who Write in English
USING THE NEWS FOR POEM-MAKING
Jerusalem & Zefat, Israel