The Future: A Poetry Workshop in 2021
I’ve always liked poetry workshops. You meet a weird and interesting new group of people, you’ll write a poem you never imagined and you are turned on to work by poets you’ve never read before. I feel certain that will happen in July of 2021. At the moment I still don’t know where we are politically in America yet poetry is one of the abiding actions I feel constitute freedom of speech and the open and free sharing of ideas. I want us all to write poems that embrace landscape, zoomscape, politics, transness and queerness and all forms of sexuality, the right to dance and stay still. The right to speak and remain silent. Pets have a place in poetry. We will let our animals speak through us and the night sky is full of messages and we will speak them in our work. Language is change so come ready. Get a new notebook, a new pen, love your computer, and we will begin. I’m interested in drawing too as part of the process. Maybe we’ll also listen to a little bit of music.
Eileen Myles is a poet, novelist, screenwriter and art journalist. They were born in Boston (1949) and moved to NYC in 1974 to be a poet. They are the author of 22 books including for now (a talk/essay on writing), evolution (poems) and Afterglow (a dog memoir) and Chelsea Girls. They're a Guggenheim fellow and have received awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, Warhol/Creative Capital, Clark Art Institute, the American Academy of Arts & Letters, Publishing Triangle and the Lambda Literary Foundation.