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Ars Apocalyptica

Ars Apocalyptica


Poetry & the End

From the Book of Revelation to The Waste Land, poetry has continually engaged with that perennial bad bedtime story: the End of the World. But what do we mean by “the end” and “the world?” Aren’t there many endings and many worlds? Are we still in thrall to Western notions of progress and regress? Are we able to embrace and explore a poetics of cycles, deaths and rebirths, ends which point to beginnings? How does poetry respond to the crisis of “The End?” In this generative online workshop, we’ll read poems that give us a wide range of responses to the fantasies (and realities) of armageddon that populate our imagination. Weekly writing prompts will push us to create poems that find new ways to process the dread, the trauma and the possibilities inherent in musing upon “the end of the world.” Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Thursday night, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.

Workshop Details

  • Professor: Gregory Crosby
  • Dates: July 2-Aug 6, 2020
  • Time: Thursdays, 7-9:30 PM
  • Location: online via Zoom
  • Cost: $345
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, JUNE 28, 2020
  • Earlybird discount: $20 off through SUN, MAY 31