This five-week online workshop will explore the textual and sonic body of the poem, its homes in the breath and ear, and its relationship with song and communal speech. Each week will bring a lesson and related poem-writing prompts, and discussion as well as performance of the work created. Our readings will make a connection between Orphic and Slavic pre-Christian texts and contemporary American poetries. We’ll dig for the archaic musical roots of the lyric poem as a living thing whose development continues in performance; revisit meter and sonic and syllabic repetition as bodily functions; look at text and sound poems, get into poetry theater and immerse in the play of poem and song from Sappho to Sun Ra. And we’ll talk and write about the social implications of respecting and connecting through the poem body to each other’s and our world’s rhythms, as we consider what animates the living word. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Sunday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.
Born in ’77 and raised in Croatia, living in Brooklyn since ’97, Ana Božičević is a poet, translator, teacher and occasional singer. She is the author of Povratak lišća / Return of the Leaves, Selected Poems in Croatian (Hrvatsko Društvo Pisaca, 2020); Joy of Missing Out (Birds, LLC, 2017); the Lambda Award–winning Rise in the Fall (Birds, LLC, 2013); and Stars of the Night Commute (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2009). Božičević received her MFA in poetry from Hunter College. At the PhD program in English at the CUNY Graduate Center, she studied New American poetics and alternative art schools and communities, and edited lectures by Diane di Prima for Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative. She has read, taught and performed at Art Basel, Bruce High Quality Foundation University, Bowery Poetry Club, Brooklyn Poets, Harvard University, Naropa University, San Francisco State University Poetry Center, the Sorbonne, Third Man Records, University of Arizona Poetry Center and the Watermill Center. Her poetry workshops explore the poetic image, performance and the lyric, and blur the disciplinary boundaries between poetry and the visual arts, film, music, architecture and design.