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March 14, 2020
The J-Town Beach House
POETRY WORKSHOP - Visual Poems and Erasure
What do poets do when words fail them? While many have found creative outlets beyond the poetic line, today’s poets turn increasingly to visual mediums to expand their craft. This workshop will explore two process-based visual mediums—erasure and collage—to explore their creative logic and better understand their relationship to more traditional poetic modes. We will briefly survey recent examples by Naoko Fujimoto, Toby Altman, CA Conrad, Mary Ruefle, Jen Bervin, and others, and then break out gluesticks, white out, and other materials to create our own visual poems. Special attention will be given to compositional strategies employed in the works examined. Students are encouraged to bring magazines or clippings they might want to collage.
John James is the author of The Milk Hours, selected by Henri Cole for the $10,000 Max Ritvo Poetry Prize and published in 2019 by Milkweed Editions. An image-text pamphlet, Winter, Glossolalia, is forthcoming in late 2020 from Eyewear Publications. His poems appear in Boston Review, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, PEN America, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. He splits his time between Kentucky and California, where he is pursuing a PhD in English and Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley.