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The Uncanny Poem

The Uncanny Poem


Taking a cue from Freud's famous definition of the uncanny (unheimlich, literally "unhomelike"), this workshop will explore how to "make the familiar strange" in poetry, particularly through poems that mine the dark, rich veins of the supernatural, horror, and the Gothic. How does one write poems that take full advantage of the weird and the eerie without slipping into either genre cliches or garden-variety surrealism? We'll read a wide variety of spooky and unsettling poems, from the Romantics and Edgar Allen Poe to Frank Bidart, Daphne Gottlieb, Joe Fletcher and other contemporaries, which will help us generate new poems each week that play with disquieting images and metaphors. By the end of the workshop, students can expect to have written and workshopped four new poems and learned techniques for sending a little chill into the reader's soul.

Workshop Details

  • Professor: Gregory Crosby
  • Dates: March 5–April 9, 2020
  • Time: Thursdays, 7–9:30 PM
  • Location: Sunset Park (near 36th St D/N/R)
  • Cost: $345
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, MARCH 1, 2020
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off by SUN, FEB 2