Poems with Power

Poems with Power

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The body is political—open any news source and see for yourself. Bodies allowed or not allowed in bathrooms, refugee bodies, murdered black bodies, bodies we must count after mass shootings or drone strikes.  It is no surprise that more people are turning to poetry in times of trauma, in times of war…there is good reason for it. Poets are closest to language, and language holds great power. The power to respond. The power to sing. The power to rise and give voice to the oppressed, the underrepresented. In this generative workshop, we will explore and shine a light on how contemporary poets are harnessing this power to speak and respond to the issues facing American bodies in our current day. Through our workshop, as well as generative writing exercises, we will delve into ways that we, as poets, can respond, further investigate, and discover how language makes this possible. We will read examples from current poets like Jericho Brown, Solmaz Sharif, Danez Smith, Ocean Vuong, and Katie Ford, among others. How have these poets responded/began a discussion of/bore witness to issues bodies face within current American politics? And more importantly, how can we? 

 

  • Instructor: Meg Wade
  • Length of workshop: 6 weeks
  • Date: Thursdays, Apr. 5 - May 10
  • Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Location: Refinery Nashville
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About the Instructor:

Meg Wade is a 2017 National Poetry Series finalist. She is a former Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin's Creative Writing Institute, and her manuscript, Slick Like Dark, won the 2017 Snowbound Chapbook Award, forthcoming from Tupelo Press. She has been the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and her poems have appeared in CutBank, Pinwheel, Linebreak, and Nashville Review, among other journals and anthologies. She lives and writes in Nashville,