Mapping Out Poems of Place
In this generative workshop, we’ll draw upon the forms of maps as starting points for both narrative and lyrical poems of place—and as physical constraints, the way Emily Dickinson used envelopes and the margins of handbills to guide the form of some of her poems. For example, using hand-drawn maps of the interior of a house in which we lived through something significant, we’ll write our own “I Remember” poems; using a vectored map of our hometown, we’ll write a directive poem, taking us from one place to another and delineating an important relationship along the way. We’ll read and discuss poems by Elizabeth Bishop, Wislawa Szymborska, Adrienne Rich, Marie Howe, Yesenia Montilla and Evie Shockley as models for our poetic excursions. By the end of the workshop, students can expect to have written and workshopped four new poems and developed several new strategies for creating poems using found materials such as maps, forms, charts, etc.
Julie Hart, named Brooklyn Poets’ Yawper of the Year in 2015, has had her work published in various journals, most recently in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Juniper, Rogue Agent, Noble/Gas Qtrly, and the Brooklyn Poets Anthology. She holds an MPhil in history from NYU and taught English as a second language for fifteen years. In 2014, she cofounded Sweet Action Poetry Collective with Mirielle Clifford, and with the help of Emily Blair it has become a vibrant community of poets, featuring bimonthly workshops, annual readings and publications to promote the group’s work.