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Ecstasy in Poetry

Ecstasy in Poetry



“Sappho steps outside herself. Love has caused her to abandon her body. The green grows greener. Some essential quality deepens as the self is removed,” writes Jia Tolentino on Anne Carson’s translation of Sappho’s Fragment 31. How can poetry open doors to rapture and self-transcendence? What is fruitful, dangerous, and complex about ecstasy? In what language does ecstasy touch or even become grace, death, fear or other truths? Might poems be places where we can detect sharp differences between ecstasy and trance, the ecstatic and the euphoric? As we take these inquiries on, we’ll write new poems based on generative exercises, reaching for the ecstatic in our work. We’ll look to writers Joy Harjo, Fernando Pessoa, Peter Gizzi, Donika Kelly, Emily Dickinson, Kim Hyesoon, Dorothea Lasky, Ross Gay, Rainer Maria Rilke and others to show us where ecstasy lives, how it moves us, what it might build or break down.

Workshop Details

  • Professor: Emily Hunt
  • Dates: September 22-October 20, 2019
  • Time: Sundays, 3-6 PM
  • Location: Greenpoint
  • Cost: $345
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, SEPTEMBER 15, 2019
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off by SUN, SEPT 8