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Revolutionary Poetics

Revolutionary Poetics


Poetry, like it or not, is political. Poets should expect for their politics—their stances and political investments—to surface in their writing practice, even if subconsciously, even if they're striving for their work to be "apolitical." In this five-week online workshop, we'll explore how to develop our writing craft while also engaging in revolutionary political education. By looking at poems, essays and narratives from iconic revolutionaries such as Assata Shakur, George Jackson and Diane Di Prima, along with modern revolutionary-inspired writings by poets such as Tongo Eisen-Martin, James Cagney and Porsha O, this workshop will push writers to reflect upon and articulate their lived practices and politics outside of their poetry and identify when and how these things show up in our writing choices (via word choice, theme, form, genre, etc.). We'll use text, media, theory and discussion to inform and challenge our points of view and our understanding of how our political lifestyles dictate how we show up as artists and, inevitably, as human beings. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Sunday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.

Workshop Details
  • Professor: Imani Cezanne
  • Dates: September 19–October 17, 2021
  • Time: Sundays, 5–8 PM (ET)
  • Location: online via Zoom
  • Cost: $345
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, SEPT 12, 2021
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off through SUN, SEPT 12