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Mappa Mundi: Mapping Out Poems of Place

Mappa Mundi: Mapping Out Poems of Place


In this generative workshop, we'll draw upon the forms of maps as starting points for both narrative and lyrical poems of place—and as physical constraints, the way Emily Dickinson used envelopes and the margins of handbills to guide the form of some of her poems. For example, using hand-drawn maps of the interior of a house in which we lived through something significant, we'll write our own “I Remember” poems; using a vectored map of our hometown, we'll write a directive poem, taking us from one place to another and delineating an important relationship along the way. We'll read and discuss poems by Elizabeth Bishop, Wislawa Szymborska, Adrienne Rich, Marie Howe, Yesenia Montilla and Evie Shockley as models for our poetic excursions. By the end of the workshop, students can expect to have written and workshopped four new poems and developed several new strategies for creating poems using found materials such as maps, forms, charts, etc.

Workshop Details

  • Professor: Julie Hart
  • Dates: February 26–March 25, 2020
  • Time: Wednesdays, 6:30–9:30 PM
  • Location: Bed-Stuy (near Halsey St J & Ralph Ave A/C)
  • Cost: $345
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, FEBRUARY 23, 2020
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off by SUN, FEB 2