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Montage as Poetic Form: Accumulation & Fragmentation

Montage as Poetic Form: Accumulation & Fragmentation


...the montage form...its philosophic play of distances, transitions, and intersections, its perpetually shifting contexts and ironic juxtapositions... —Walter Benjamin

How might we write about discontinuous yet interconnected events? How might we write poems that are not bound by a singular narrative, poems with greater scope and scale? What do we do with “abandoned” lines and poems? As the above epigraph by Benjamin suggests, montage offers a compelling range and flexibility of concern when applied as a poetic form. In this generative, single-session workshop, we'll practice our own process of compiling poetic fragments and assembling them into accumulated poems through writing exercises and free-writes. We'll look at poems by Rane Arroyo, Christine Larusso, William Carlos Williams and others as models for our own poems. Though the focus of the workshop will be on creating new work, there will be many opportunities for sharing along the way. By the end of the workshop, participants will have drafts of new work and an understanding of how to use montage as a poetic form in their own poetry practice.

Workshop Details

  • Professor: Robert Balun
  • Dates: January 23, 2021
  • Time: Saturday, 2–5 PM (EST)
  • Location: online via Zoom
  • Cost: $85
  • Class size:  6-12 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, JANUARY 17, 2021
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off through SUN, JANUARY 17