It could be said that the act of sex is divided into three functions: the physical, the intimate and the spiritual. But with Western sensibilities, there is rarely space afforded to talk about these modes in art, much less in poetry. How does the meaning of sex transform within the body of the wounded? Of the repressed? Of those who are lonely?
In this six-week online workshop, we’ll do a deep dive into the poetics of sex and intimacy as vessels for self-discovery, explorations into the self. Reading Audre Lorde’s Uses of the Erotic, Adrienne Marie Brown’s Pleasure Activism and the work of Alexis Pauline Gumbs and other essayists in conjunction with poems by Ada Limón, Marie Howe, Dorianne Laux, Khadijah Queen, Fatimah Asghar and more, we’ll explore the uses of sex, intimacy and the erotic as revolutionary acts of pleasure and reclamation. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Wednesday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.
I.S. Jones is an American / Nigerian poet, essayist and music journalist. She is a graduate fellow with the Watering Hole and holds fellowships from Callaloo, BOAAT Writer’s Retreat and Brooklyn Poets. I.S. hosts a month-long online poetry workshop every April called the Singing Bullet. She is the coeditor of The Young African Poets Anthology: The Fire That Is Dreamed Of (Agbowó, 2020) and served as the inaugural nonfiction guest editor for Lolwe. She is an editor at 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, freelanced for Complex, Revolt TV, NBC News THINK and elsewhere. Her works have appeared or are forthcoming in Guernica, Washington Square Review, LA Review of Books, the Rumpus, the Offing and elsewhere. Her poem “Vanity” was chosen by Khadijah Queen as a finalist for the 2020 Sublingua Prize for Poetry. She received her MFA in poetry at UW–Madison, where she was the inaugural 2019–2020 Kemper K. Knapp University Fellow and is the 2021–2022 Hoffman Hall Emerging Artist Fellowship recipient. She is the director of the Watershed Reading Series with Art + Literature Laboratory, a community-driven contemporary arts center in Madison, Wisconsin. Her chapbook Spells of My Name (2021) is out with Newfound. She is currently the editor-in-chief of Frontier Poetry.