Poetry & the City

What Dreams Are Made of

Imagine having the strength, / while standing / with one steel leg / in Manhattan, / to pull Brooklyn / toward you / by the lip!

     —Vladimir Mayakovsky

In this online workshop, we’ll explore New York through the eye of the poet immersed in the city’s refracting poetic legacies, within the changing urban landscape that shaped them. We’ll consider the policies and social and material realities that give rise to and destroy poets’ dreams of the city. We’ll read city poems; research historic and contemporary poetry landmarks; pore over urban planning maps; investigate built and Ozymandian, never-realized architecture; and draw words from the stone, tile, glass, dust, river and sky that make up the living, dreaming body of the city we move through. The poems we write and workshop each week will become a part of our own poetic map of New York. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Sunday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.

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Born in Croatia, Ana Božičević is a poet, translator, teacher and occasional singer. She is the author of 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). She is the recipient of a 40 Under 40: The Future of Feminism award from Feminist Press and a PEN American Center/NYSCA grant for translating It Was Easy to Set the Snow on Fire by Zvonko Karanović. 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. Božičević has taught poetry at BHQFU, Bowery Poetry Club, Harvard, Naropa, and the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Currently she works for a NYC architecture studio with a focus on urban planning and restoration.