The desire to write with freshness, energy, and insight are daunting aspects of the drafting process, especially when we think we have to do all the heavy lifting ourselves. But once juxtaposition becomes part of the process, the resulting friction between elements yields startling moments whose rightness can be recognized by writers and readers alike. These moments seem to be gifts, but they come from surprising regions in ourselves, and we can stay in those regions as we experiment further through revision. This is, in part, the legacy of Surrealism, but not the sort that sought to derange the senses. Rather, juxtaposition can show us what compelling things can happen when we re-arrange th senses. We will look at paintings by Rene Magritte, photographs by Jerry Uelsmann, and poems by Neruda, Vallejo, Transtromer and others, and then enter the arena ourselves through a series of biref writing exercises.
Leslie Ullman is the celebrated author of four collections of poetry and most recently
Library of Small Happiness, a book of essays, poems and exercises on the craft of poetry.
To register call (575) 758-0081 or pay below, directly from our website. Cost is $45 for members and $60 for non-members. Maximum of 12 students and minimum of 6 students is required. The workshop will be held at SOMOS from 9 am-noon on Saturday, April 7, 2018.