“This is the way to handle a poem… / First you write it, then you cross it all out.” - Poemland by Chelsey Minnis
“There has to be something / in this marathon of feeling” - Thresholes by Lara Mimosa Montes
In Writing the Fragment, we’ll turn to abbreviated and altered forms of poetry and prose to consider the potency of interrupted forms of expression. When and why do we stop writing? What stops us from writing? Rather than prescribe a generative approach against these lived constraints, this course seeks instead to empower its participants to embrace the fragment.
Through reading, writing, and discussion, we will explore literary forms in expression of our own lived limits. Each class will be structured around one particular genre and will include readings by authors including Sappho (trans. Anne Carson), Bhanu Kapil, Sawako Nakayasu, Kate Zambreno, Christian Hawkey, and Kathryn Scanlan as catalysts into our own literary fragments.
AM Ringwalt is a writer and musician. A contributing blogger for Action Books, her words appear or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Jacket2 and Washington Square Review. "The Wheel," her debut book, is forthcoming in 2021 from Spuyten Duyvil.
AM Ringwalt is new to The Porch. Welcome!