Poem Cycles & Extended Projects
We listen to our favorite songs over and over, rewatch the same shows for the hundredth time in a row—we are always coming back to what we know. What is that compulsion? Is it because these things give us comfort, or because there’s something about them that we just can’t fully put down? In this five-week online workshop, we will explore how sensations of continuity and expansion can get worked out in poetic cycles or extended projects—small bodies of work which, like houses, need every room in order to function. We’ll read cycles of poetry by poets both contemporary and classic, while also drawing inspiration from music. The focus, ultimately, is to shift our thinking away from making “a collection of poems” to a more self-contained body of work, as much the sum of its parts as all the individual pieces. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Saturday afternoon, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.
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Cea / (Constantine Jones) is an interdisciplinary Greek-American thingmaker. They are a member of the Artist+ Registry at Visual AIDS, where they also serve on the Archives Committee, as well as 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.