Ars Apocalyptica

Poetry & the End

From the Book of Revelation to The Waste Land, poetry has continually engaged with that perennial bad bedtime story: the End of the World. But what do we mean by “the end” and “the world?” Aren’t there many endings and many worlds? Are we still in thrall to Western notions of progress and regress? Are we able to embrace and explore a poetics of cycles, deaths and rebirths, ends which point to beginnings? How does poetry respond to the crisis of “The End?” In this generative online workshop, we’ll read poems that give us a wide range of responses to the fantasies (and realities) of armageddon that populate our imagination. Weekly writing prompts will push us to create poems that find new ways to process the dread, the trauma and the possibilities inherent in musing upon “the end of the world.” Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Thursday night, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.

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Gregory Crosby is the author of Walking Away from Explosions in Slow Motion, Spooky Action at a Distance and The Book of Thirteen. For more than a decade he worked as an art critic, columnist and cultural commentator in Las Vegas, where he served as a poetry consultant for the Cultural Affairs Division. He was awarded a Nevada Arts Council Fellowship in Literary Arts and holds an MFA in creative writing from the City College of New York, where he won the 2006 Marie Ponsot Poetry Prize. From 2010–2014 he co-curated the Earshot reading series, and from 2011–2015 he coedited the online poetry journal Lyre Lyre. He is an adjunct associate professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and teaches creative writing at Lehman College–CUNY.