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Corporeal Writing: The Edge of Reason: poetic line w/ Brigid Yuknavitch
August 15, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm$350
WHERE: Online, for six weeks (please note: there is no live/Zoom component to this class—poets will go at their own pace each week)
LEADER: Brigid Yuknavitch
SCHOLARSHIPS: Yes, scholarships are available. Please follow this link to apply.
The Edge of Reason: poetic line
The form of the poem organizes our sensory and felt experience as we read. It supports and disrupts what the language is saying. The line slows the sentence down. The line makes a dance inside the sentence. The line breaks open the sentence. The line registers what the sentence tried to contain. The line takes a walk as Paul Klee described it in painting. And because the line can make these many moves it lets us do more with words than the sentence with its rules of grammar and conventions of speech can do. The repetition of lines in a poem, its form and body and interruption of space and time, allows for many patterns and connections to weave meanings of their own. Every different kind of line has a music and attitude that enters into what you are writing. These are simple experiments with line that will show you what is possible with the poetic line.
Week 1: Three lines: three poems
Week 2: Choosing a line
Week 3: The emerging line
Week 4: Holding the sentence open
Week 5: When the sentence behaves like a line
Week 6: The line takes a walk