What keeps you up late at night and enters your dreams? How can such hauntings be unfurled and made comprehensible and even beautiful? This five-week online workshop will explore the how and why of insomnia and restlessness, the twilight hours of limited train service and waiting forever on a platform, the missed connections almost made, the sudden confessions that pour out in late-night calls. We’ll read and discuss poets like Tracy K. Smith, Ai, Rae Armantrout, Richard Siken and more. Our objective will be to explore different aspects of the night, from the poetry of polar nights and aurora borealis to dreamscapes in which a lucid, awakened you finds poetic agency. 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.