Great Scream of Poetry

Agitation and Resistance [Online Workshop]

Great scream of poetry, my books are going straight toward you.

     —Vladimir Mayakovsky

“If I write a Love poem it’s against the police,” Miguel James once wrote. “My whole Oeuvre / is against the police.” Poems that agitate, poems that protest, poems written against the state—in this online workshop we’ll read works of ancient, modern and contemporary poetry that agitated, protested and resisted the worlds in which they were written. Works by Archilochos, Roberto Bolaño, Audre Lorde, Mehdi Mousavi, Ida Borjel, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Solmaz Sharif, Adrienne Rich, Amiri Baraka and many others will push us to consider what each of these writers risks, decries and wants to see heard. Each week, students will receive writing prompts (via Wet Ink) deliberately freewheeling and designed to explore agitation and resistance as forms in themselves, through which they will be encouraged to protest and resist any “assignment” given to them.

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Danniel Schoonebeek is the author of Trébuchet (University of Georgia Press, 2016), a 2015 National Poetry Series selection, American Barricade (Yes Yes Books, 2014) and Family Album (Poor Claudia, 2014), as well as an EP of recorded poems, Trench Mouth, (Black Cake Records, 2014). The recipient of a 2015 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, his recent work has appeared in Poetry, Tin House, Boston Review, the New Yorker and elsewhere. He hosts the Hatchet Job reading series in Brooklyn and edits the PEN Poetry Series.