Juju Poetics with J. Allen
Date(s): Saturdays, March 6-20, 2021, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Type(s): Craft Class
Genre and Form(s): Poetry
Cost: $109 Regular, $98 Student
About the Class
"You can’t tell us / shit. We always down for the miracle." —Angel Nafis, "Woo Woo Roll Deep"
When it seemed the end of the world was nigh, I began to ask myself the following question over again but in different ways. How, I'd ask, does one of multiple intersections write when: 1. several states are on fire? 2. police still find time to kill Black folk during a global pandemic? 3. cismen still find time to kill Black trans folk during a global pandemic? 4. the virus continues to claim the lives of the masses? 5. the dead have not been mourned? Though a lot of the writing involves intuition, there is also a degree of guidance that takes place. Where do we find guidance when all around us fails, calling into question our intuitions? The answer: Spirit. Yes, this will be a woo woo ass workshop. We will engage in the act of noticing, beckoning the revelatory into our writing. We will access divinatory methods to encounter not only the energy of the written word but the energy of our dead as well. We will study the writings of Black authors—such as Lucille Clifton, Sonia Sanchez, M. NourbeSe Philip, &c. &c—who have engaged occult practice in their work & create practices of our own to get in touch with our guides. In short, we will practice the art of listening.