Consciousness Spelunking

How might poetry help us get in touch with the parts of ourselves we don’t know we know? This one-weekend workshop will experiment with the idea of poetry as exploration. In a series of writing games and experiments, we’ll play around with borrowed words, images and sounds. On Saturday afternoon, students will start four poems within ninety minutes. After this class, students can pick one poem to work on or combine the multiple drafts into one poem. The next day, we’ll workshop the poems, and participants will get feedback from classmates and the instructor. Poets whose work we’ll read will include André Breton, Valerie Mejer Caso, Wanda Coleman and John Yau.

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Joanna Fuhrman is the author of six books of poetry, including To a New Era (Hanging Loose Press, 2021), The Year of Yellow Butterflies (Hanging Loose Press, 2015) and Pageant (Alice James Books, 2009). She is a former poetry editor for Ping Pong and Boog City and served as the Monday-night coordinator for the poetry readings at the Poetry Project from 2001 to 2003 and the Wednesday-night coordinator from 2010 to 2011. She is a graduate of the University of Washington’s MFA program, which awarded her the Academy of American Poets Prize. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including the Believer, Fence and the Brooklyn Poets Anthology. Her poem “Stagflation” won a 2011 Pushcart Prize. Fuhrman currently teaches poetry writing at Rutgers University and Sarah Lawrence College’s Writers Village for teenagers.