“You Don’t Just Write a Book, You Live It”—Toi Derricotte
You don’t just write a poem, you live it. Over the course of the three-day workshop we will explore poems that ask and answer the following questions: Who do you think you are? How many generations does it take to undo history? We will discuss what these words might mean in poetry when undoing history: “Suffer a body to understand how a body is changed.” And, what does love have to do with it?
This workshop will explore the variations of how poetic forms describe and express. We will discuss how writing poetry is a “pressure release.” The workshop will emphasize craft, citing examples, from Rita Dove, Toi Derricotte, Bruce Bond, Langston Hughes, Adrienne Rich and through specific and careful word choices, why their poetry elicits reactions.
You will be asked to write a poem or two or three that use precise language to generate imagery that will elicit reactions.
Three Evening Generative Poetry Workshop May 2, 3, 4, 2017 at SOMOS
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 6-8:30 pm
$130 for members, $135 for nonmembers at SOMOS, 108 Civic Plaza Drive
maximum 8 students
Catherine Strisik is a poet, and author of most recently, The Mistress (3: A Taos Press, 2016), recently nominated for the New Mexico Book Award. She is also the author of Thousand-Cricket Song, and three poetry manuscripts, actively-in-progress. Lively in the Taos poetry community for 34 years, Strisik was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Numerous publications include: Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Drunken Boat, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Kaleidoscope, Tusculum Review, with poems translated into Greek and Persian. Catherine is co-founder & editor of Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art (www.taosjournalofpoetry.com), She lives in San Cristobal, New Mexico. www.cathystrisik.com