How might poetry allow us to see ourselves reflected in the strangeness of pop culture imagery? How is a poem like a funhouse mirror? In this weekend online workshop, students will read and create poems that mix famous figures and advertisements with dream logic. We’ll explore how surrealist approaches can be used to blur the boundary between mass media and psychological exploration to create poems that give the reader the feeling of surprise. On Saturday, students will start four poems, then pick one to develop for a workshop on Sunday. The approach will be playful and supportive. Poets to be inspired by include: Elaine Equi, Denise Duhamel, Bob Kauffman and David Shapiro.
Joanna Fuhrman, an assistant teaching professor in creative writing at Rutgers University, is the author of six books of poetry, most recently To a New Era (Hanging Loose Press, 2021). Her seventh book, Data Mind, a collection of prose poems about the internet, is forthcoming from Curbstone/Northwestern University Press in 2024. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including the Believer, the Baffler, Conduit, Denver Quarterly and on the Poetry Foundation and Academy of American Poets (Poem-a-Day) websites, and in numerous anthologies including the 2011 Pushcart Prize anthology. Her poem “Lavender” was featured on the Slowdown podcast. She also creates poetry videos that are on her own Vimeo site and in literary journals. In the fall of 2022, after publishing with them since she was a teenager, she became a coeditor at Hanging Loose Press.