The Sensual Form


This workshop is intended for writers who are interested in sensual detail (relating to, or drawing from, the five senses), with the understanding that poetry cannot exist without spirit, soul, shadow, duende, intuition. In the first portion of the class, we concentrate on image, feeling, narrative, persona, memory, monologue, witness. The other half of the class is devoted to poetic devices, formal strategies, structure, rhythm, sound. During the first semester, we practice traditional forms: sonnet, sestina, pantoum, ghazal, haiku; in the second semester, we move toward modernized and invented forms: the contemporary zuihitsu, the pecha kucha, the bop, erasure, reverse consonance, xocercism, and hybrid forms combining poetry and visual art—all the while moving toward your own individualized form(s). Students are expected to write and read consistently, experiment, and be passionate about creation. Students will have the opportunity to meet and converse with established poets whose work we’ll be studying. The class culminates in an optional public reading in Manhattan (KGB Bar).