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Computed tomography of human brain by Mikael Häggström, Uppsala University Hospital
Original image credit: Computed tomography of human brain by Mikael Häggström, Uppsala University Hospital

A Deeper Image: A Poetry Workshop with Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Date(s): Saturday, February 2, 2019, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281 (view map)
Craft Class, Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Poetry

$119 Regular, $107 ASU, $99 Student

About the Class

In this course, students are invited to develop an acute awareness of their senses in order to write more visceral, striking poems. We will discuss examples, contemporary and ancient, to initiate a practice that draws on figurative language, synesthesia, and the disavowed parts of self to plunge beneath the bland methods that tend to preempt or deplete many poems of our era. Our watchwords will be conflict, obstacle, desire, and contradiction that we may hone a fuller relationship with language that eschews the topical, the merely competent, and which instead dislodges a poem more knowing, uncanny, and authentic to the poet. You will be asked to consider your dreams, fears, wishes, conflicts, desires, and paradoxes. Therein lie the worlds that only unforgettable art grasps.

Meet Your Instructor

Piper Writers Studio instructor Joshua Marie Wilkinson 2018

Joshua Marie Wilkinson is the author of eight books of poetry, including Meadow Slasher (Black Ocean 2017). A professor in the University of Arizona's MFA Program in Creative Writing, he is the founding editor of The Volta, a journal of poetry, and Letter Machine Editions, a small press that publishes Fred Moten, Alice Notley, Brandon Shimoda, John Yau, and many others. He lives with the writer Lisa Wells in Tucson and Seattle.