The Virginia G. Piper
Center for Creative Writing

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In Search of Magic
Diana Marie Delgado

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Type: Workshop, Generative Workshop
Genre: Poetry

Powerful magic resides in language but what if we invoke that power further by adopting fantastical aspects into our own writing? In this three-hour workshop we will discuss Lucie Brock-Broido, Alice Notely and Marosa di Georgio, poets whose work occupy spaces of dread, astonishment—and magic. We will explore their use of symbols in haunted landscapes, their gestures to the unseen and discuss how by incorporating the supernatural, we might bypass the self, and tap into a vaster, more ancient consciousness.


Date: Wednesdays, October 30 - November 13, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Type: Workshop, Discussion, Generative Workshop
Genre: Experimental, Hybrid, Mixed Genre, Poetry

The poet David Lehman says, “[t]he prose poem is…poetry that disguises its true nature.” In this course we will explore the prose poem through the lens of disguise. Through in-class readings, discussions, and generative writing exercises we will explore what is hidden and what we can hide in prose poems. The prose poem, like a chameleon, adapts to its surroundings taking on the colors of anything from newspaper articles to diary entries, from instruction manuals to fairy tales.