How might the lyrical aspects in dramas and melodramas move beyond everyday language itself? Which contemporary poets are writing about melodrama or are influenced by drama today? In this seven-week online workshop, we’ll identify how contemporary poets use films about heartbreak, trauma and loss in their work, and how filmmakers enrich their craft with poetry and poetic moments. Students will explore the influence of film in their own work, drawing inspiration from Lee Ann Roripaugh, Danez Smith, Paisley Rekdal, Chen Chen, Dora Malech, Dayna Patterson and more. Students will respond with poems of their own to weekly prompts, challenging and subverting existing aspects of melodrama such as themes of pathos, moral polarization, deux ex machina and sensationalism. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Tuesday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.
Rosebud Ben-Oni is the winner of the 2019 Alice James Award for If This Is the Age We End Discovery (2021) and the author of turn around, BRXGHT XYXS (Get Fresh Books, 2019). Her chapbook 20 Atomic Sonnets, which appears in Black Warrior Review (2020), is part of a larger future project called The Atomic Sonnets, which she began in 2019 in honor of the Periodic Table’s 150th Birthday. She is a 2013 CantoMundo Fellow and the recipient of a 2014 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry. Her work appears in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Tin House, Guernica and TriQuarterly, among others. In 2017, her poem “Poet Wrestling with Angels in the Dark” was commissioned by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in NYC and published by Kenyon Review online. Recently, her poem “Dancing with Kiko on the Moon” was featured on Tracy K. Smith’s The Slowdown. She writes for the Kenyon Review blog.