Every poem is in some way a dedication: to a person, a place, a time, a feeling, or anything beyond and between. In this weekly drop-in class, we’ll locate the special / odd / humorous / captivating things that keep returning in our lives and craft a number of small poems dedicated to them as quickly as we can, without stopping to edit ourselves. The entire document is important here—not just the words on the page, but the stray marks, the scribbles, the words we start to write and cross out, etc. This generative session will encourage participants to incorporate into their writing practice a poetics of documentation and gratitude. Sharing will be encouraged but optional. (Note that drop-in classes are not a forum for critique of work; students looking for critique should register for multi-week workshops.)
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Cea / (Constantine Jones) is an interdisciplinary Greek-American thingmaker. They are a member of the Artist+ Registry at Visual AIDS, where they also work as the Oral History Project Liaison, and a member of the collective What Would An HIV Doula Do? They facilitate creative writing workshops at the City College of New York, Brooklyn Poets, Liminal Lab and elsewhere. They are the author of the hybrid text In Still Rooms (The Operating System, 2020) and a collaborative chapbook with Portuguese visual artist Vicente Sampaio, BALEEN: A Poem In Twelve Days (Ursus Americanus, 2021). Their work has been performed or exhibited at various venues across NYC and Tennessee.