No poem ever truly exists in a vacuum. We are always tied to our own times and bodies and circumstances. This is not a restrictive bind, however; it is a warm thread connecting us all. If we reconsider the act of “documentation” as less about trying to preserve time and more about trying to understand our relationship to it and role within it, then we can start to view poems not as static works of art on a page, but as records of our lived experience. This is poetry that digs its heels into time and says, “I am here. I was here and I am still here and I will go on being here.”
During this five-week online workshop, we’ll read and engage with a number of poets and musicians who’ve used their work as a vehicle to document not just their own lives, but their experience in relation to the circumstances of the world around them. We’ll work towards a poetry of interconnectedness, a poetry that works to mobilize us in the present moment while also reaching forward to the future, leaving a record of our movements in its wake. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Sunday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.
Cea / (Constantine Jones) is an interdisciplinary Greek-American thingmaker. They are a member of the Artist+ Registry at Visual AIDS, where they also work as the Oral History Project Liaison, and a member of the collective What Would An HIV Doula Do? They facilitate creative writing workshops at the City College of New York, Brooklyn Poets, Liminal Lab and elsewhere. They are the author of the hybrid text In Still Rooms (The Operating System, 2020) and a collaborative chapbook with Portuguese visual artist Vicente Sampaio, BALEEN: A Poem In Twelve Days (Ursus Americanus, 2021). Their work has been performed or exhibited at various venues across NYC and Tennessee.