If poetry is, as Frank O’Hara said, like a phone call, then what happens when you add a third person to the line? While all writing inherently pulls from other art and culture, we’ll be looking at instances where that connection is most direct. The “after” poem, at its best, can allow for a sort of communion between two (or more) writers, often transcending time and space.
We’ll explore Terrance Hayes’s Golden Shovel form and its dialogue with Gwendolyn Brooks, Jen Bervin’s Nets, which interacts with Shakespeare’s sonnets, and Ryan Clark’s homophonic translation of Arizona SB 1070, amongst other examples. We’ll think about how the techniques of translation can be applied by even the most monolingual among us and spend some time generating ideas, mining sources for vocabulary, searching for texts ripe with homophonic translatability, and forming word banks to use in future poems.
Note: This class is scheduled to take place in person at Porch HQ. You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate, and we will enroll a maximum of 10 participants. Masks are not required at this time, though we will revisit this policy as needed. Check our website and this listing for details before you attend class.
Tyler Friend was grown—and is still growing—in Tennessee, and they received their MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Tyler is the author of Him or Her or Whatever (Alternating Current Press, 2022) and the chapbook BUNKER, which is available in Third Man's "Literarium" book vending machine. Their poems have also shown up in Tin House, Hobart, and Hunger Mountain. They edit Francis House, design for Eulalia Books, teach at a high school and a community college, work at a library, and befriend all the cats.