Mysticism and Poetry

Mystical poetry did not disappear like the elusive unicorn! From the ancients to William Blake to the Internet, the architecture of mystical thought has played an important role in our relationship to poetry and the universe. In this workshop, students will explore the mystical tradition in Western poetry, examining the differences between whimsy, magik and mysticism and attempting to incorporate a more mystical thought process into their own poems. Readings will include works by Blake, Heraclitus, John Donne, H.D., Robinson Jeffers and Ellen Bryant Voight, among others.

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Dorothea Lasky

Dorothea Lasky is the author of four full-length collections of poetry, Rome (Norton/Liveright, 2014), Thunderbird (Wave, 2012), Black Life (Wave, 2010) and Awe (Wave, 2007), as well as five chapbooks: Poetry Is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010), Tourmaline (Transmission Press, 2008), The Hatmaker’s Wife (Braincase Press, 2006), Art (H_NGM_N Press, 2005) and Alphabets and Portraits (Anchorite Press, 2004). Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Paris Review and Boston Review, among other journals. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, an EdM in Arts in Education from Harvard and an EdD in Creativity and Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an assistant professor of poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and lives in Bed-Stuy.

Arthur Seefahrt is a poet, survivalist and wizard. Raised in Doylestown, PA, he cut his writing teeth at the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned degrees in both creative writing and Western European intellectual history. A recipient of the Edwin O. Ochester Undergraduate Poetry Award, he recently completed his MFA in Poetry at Columbia University. He lives in Greenpoint.