How does a poem's sound impact its meaning? How can alliteration, rhyme, and rhythm mirror content? We talk a lot about observation and image in poems, but what can a poem notate sonically?
In our time together, we'll let our ears lead us in exploring the work of contemporary poets like LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Douglas Kearney, and Chen Chen. We'll try out poetic forms like the ghazal and the anagram and think about the act of listening as a starting point for creativity.
Lauren Turner is a writer and musician (Lou Turner, Styrofoam Winos) in Nashville, TN. She is an M.F.A. candidate in poetry at Randolph College and the author of Shape Note Singing (2021), her debut chapbook from Vegetarian Alcoholic Press. Turner was recently named a finalist for the Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry and is the current recipient of a writing residency from The Cabins, where she will work on her first full-length collection of poems. Her latest record Microcosmos is out now via SPINSTER and its title track is featured on playlists from Pitchfork, NPR, and Uncut Magazine.
Lauren is new to The Porch. Welcome!