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Fast Break: Capturing the Motion of the Mind

Fast Break: Capturing the Motion of the Mind


How does a poem capture the mind thinking? How, in the words of Frank Bidart, does a poem “embody the mind moving through the elements of its world, actively contending with and organizing them?” In this workshop, participants will explore the relationship between syntax, line and the movements of the mind—how sentences and phrases work with and against a poem’s lines to enact the motion of the mind thinking. Participants will consider the options of both leaving out and leaving in as ways to capture consciousness. Readings will include poems by Christopher Smart, Wislawa Szymborska, A. R. Ammons, Mary Ruefle, Edward Hirsch, Terrance Hayes, Morgan Parker, Ross Gay and others.

Workshop Details

  • Professor: Jason Koo
  • Dates: October 27-November 24, 2019
  • Time: Sundays, 5-8 PM
  • Location: Williamsburg
  • Cost: $345
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, OCTOBER 20, 2019
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off by SUN, SEPT 8