Breaching the Boundary: Breaking Out of Form and the Fourth Wall in Poetry
Date: 11/10/18 | (Saturday) Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom
Time: 1:00 - 5:00 pm | Ages: Adult | Class Level: Open to All Levels | Genre: Poetry
• Regular: $70.00
• Member: $63.00
• Low-Income: $49.00
More details and register here.
Kenneth Burke states that the notion of "appetite" involves expectations and cravings, which can be understood in the context of form. He continues, "Form in literature is an arousing and fulfillment of desires. A work has form in so far as one part of it leads a reader to anticipate another part, to be gratified by the sequence." But how do we meaningfully interrupt that sequence, that sense of expectation and patterning in a poem? How do we invent something new, or what if the poem itself demands a deviation?
For this class, we'll examine what it means to skillfully break out of form, or, as Harold Bloom says, "swerve away" from our literary predecessors. Making and breaking and blurring forms is an exciting, fresh practice that often leads to revelation, and, most importantly, surprise and transformation by toggling release and restraint.
We'll experiment blending and diverging from received, experimental, and free-verse poems in hopes of starting new drafts out of our comfort zones. This class will help you to investigate and question your own habits as well as your relationship to the psychology of poetic form. We'll look to poems from Ross Gay, Jericho Brown, Jennifer Chang, Danez Smith, Terrance Hayes, Denis Johnson, Elizabeth Bishop (and more!) as we discuss the idea of "breaking the fourth wall in poetry"—meaning the performance of the poem is thoughtfully disrupted by directly referencing the reader or imagined other.
In this class, you will write, share, and offer thoughtful feedback. Come ready to play and slay the page! Make sure to stick around Open Book for an author reading and book signing with Tiana Clark and Julian Randall, presented by Milkweed Books in the performance hall at 7 p.m. on the night of the class.
Please come celebrate the launch of my first full-length poetry collection, I Can't Talk About the Trees Without the Blood, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the Pitt Poetry Series. I had to come back to my beloved hometown of Nashville, TN and throw a big party.
4:00pm // Cocktail Reception
5:15pm // Reading
with Bill Brown, Kate Daniels, Kendra DeColo, & Ciona Rouse
6:30pm // Book Signing & Cake
Drinks! Photo booth! & Food! Plus, the book will be available early for purchase from the amazing folks from Parnassus Books.
Please RSVP via Facebook or my email. I hope you can make it. I want to give you a hug. I miss y'all so much.
POETRY 2: "WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF PLEASURE & PAIN: CENTERING & DECLARING THE BODY IN POETIC LANDSCAPES"
from 50.00 // Date: Saturday, Sep. 8 // Time: 2 - 5 pm
Poems are bodies that remind us we have bodies. But what if you feel erased in your own body or blurred on the margins? Do you have a fraught relationship with some part of your body? What even is a body, and how do we, as Mary Oliver writes keep, “announcing [our] place in the family of things” through these somatic intersections between the page and poet?
Lately, I’ve been thinking about the body as a big ship on a voyage through these various landscapes, both physical and psychological. In this workshop, we will explore these various sites of pleasure and pain by examining techniques and strategies for situating the body to the forefront of the page, instead of the periphery, by exploring our own origins and myths, rethinking our relationship to history via received forms, avoiding terminal closure, toggling grief and gratitude, and the interrogative mood. We will examine an essay from Robin Coste Lewis as well as poems from Linda Gregg, Jennifer Chang, Evie Shockley, Lucille Clifton, Vanessa Angélica Villarreal, Monica Youn, Kendra DeColo, Sharon Olds, Melissa Broder, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Danez Smith, and more. All aboard!
For more details and to register for the workshop click: here.
Instructor: Tiana Clark // Length of workshop: 3 Hours
THURSDAY, February 9th:
Equilibrium signing at Bull City Press, Booth #672 // 3-4pm
Offsite Reading: Four Way Books, Bull City Press, and Persea Books// 7 PM - 9 PM, Location: BUSBOYS AND POETS @ Brookland 625 Monroe St NE, Washington, DC 20017
FRIDAY, February 10th:
10th Anniversary Reading from Bull City Press at 3 PM - 4:15 PM (Facebook event page: here)
Offsite Reading: Nashville Review/Grist/Iron Horse //7-8pm, Location: Mulebone @ 2121 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Poets in Pajamas: An Online Reading Series from Sundress Publications, Episode 6: Tiana Clark
Knoxville, TN—The sixth episode of Poets in Pajamas, an online reading series presented by Sundress Publications will air on Sunday, December 18, at 7pm EST, featuring Tiana Clark. Poets in Pajamas is a free online reading series that connects readers and writers around the world. Utilizing Facebook LIVE, PiP allows for people to participate in a bi-monthly reading series regardless of location (as long as they have internet). Author Sam Slaughter will host.