Form (Flaw, Fear, Flight) and Function
In this workshop, a combination generative and workshop-based course, we will explore how to best turn our deepest lived truths into the strongest and most resilient possible art. This work is about re-learning how to see, how to listen to ourselves. It’s about psychologies, trauma, imaginative leaps, complex and contradictory feelings, histories personal/political, and about voice: how to find the poetic forms—which are ways—to speak what must be said. How to find the ways to say it powerfully, with as much beauty as we can find.
Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of four poetry books, most recently So Much Synth and Our Andromeda. Her other books are Human Dark with Sugar and Interior with Sudden Joy. Her poems appeared in Best American Poetry, Harpers, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Poetry, and elsewhere. She’s a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow, and teaches at Rutgers University-Newark.