Saturday, October 21st
The Personal As Political
Audre Lorde said: “I am my best work - a series of road maps, reports, recipes, doodles, and prayers from the front lines.” The focus of this workshop will be that very thing—the front lines where the personal and political intersect. But what does this mean for readers and writers of poetry right now? Is it true that everything is political? Is it possible to live and write without engaging in political matters?
Anything is up for discussion here: sex, gender, voice, silence, power, relationship, privilege—and we will turn to poems as containers for the rich terrain of both personal feelings and political beliefs. In order to investigate our own definitions of the personal and the political, we will read contemporary and historical voices that engage this complex duality, and craft original poems drawn from our own experience.