Alternative Forms

In this workshop we’ll explore alternative forms in poetry in response to weekly exercises. There will be in-class and out-of-class reading and writing as we try to push our poetry into new realms, not being afraid of imperfection or venturing into the unknown. We’ll explore new uses of ekphrasis, erasure, poetry comics, prose, video, pastiche and other forms. Students will be encouraged to bring in their own interests and personal skills, and collaboration is inevitable. Readings will include classic and contemporary works by Dara Wier, Lydia Barry, Matthew Zapruder, John Ashbery, Elizabeth Bishop, Matthea Harvey, Syliva Plath, Walt Whitman, Marcel Proust and others. In addition, we’ll look at films, music and visual art from a range of sources, getting out of our comfort zones and challenging our notions of what a poem is.

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Bianca Stone is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Tin House/Octopus Books, 2014) and several poetry and poetry comic chapbooks, including I Saw The Devil With His Needlework (Argos Books, 2012), and I Want To Open The Mouth God Gave You, Beautiful Mutant (Factory Hollow Press, 2012). She is also the illustrator of Antigonick, a collaboration with Anne Carson. She is the editor of Monk Books, a small press that publishes limited-edition chapbooks of poetry and art, and the chair of the Ruth Stone Foundation, an organization honoring the work of her grandmother, poet Ruth Stone. Her newest book, Poetry Comics from the Book of Hours, is out now from Pleiades press.