How is poetry like fashion? Its position outside of capital, in many regards, is the same as couture, yet poetry—according to most sources—is supposed to be about interiors, not exteriors. In this workshop, students will explore to what extent poetry’s dandy-like subversion of use value and productivity makes the reading and writing of it an anti-capitalist political act. We will discuss the ways fashion functions as a readable fiction, concealing and revealing authorship the same way that poetic persona does. Students will write poems that pay homage to Imagism, poems that evoke highly stylized personas and a longer piece that experiments with the philosophy of “art for art’s sake.” Readings will include poems by Mallarmé, Kate Durbin, Chelsey Minnis, Ben Fama, Ariana Reines and Brandon Brown; essays by Elizabeth Wilson, Jennifer Dalton and Erving Goffman; and excerpts from Mallarmé’s La Dernière Mode, Flaubert’s Madame Bovary and Jean Rhys’s Good Morning Midnight.
Monica McClure‘s debut collection, Tender Data, will be published by Birds, LLC in 2015. She is the author of the chapbooks Mood Swing, published by Snacks Press in 2013, and Mala, forthcoming from Poor Claudia. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Tin House, Los Angeles Review, Lit Review, Lambda Literary Review’s Spotlight Series, The Awl, Spork Press and elsewhere. She studied fiction, poetry, art history and literary theory at DePauw University and earned her MFA in poetry from New York University. With Brenda Shaughnessy, she is currently editing the anthology Both and Neither: Biracial American Writers. She curates the Atlas Reading Series, a collaboration series of visual artists and poets, and helps edit The Atlas Review. She lives in Crown Heights.