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Memento Mori

Memento Mori


A withered rose. A bucket list. A cemetery. What is death to the poet? What do poems about death do for the living? In this six-week online workshop, participants will examine and create memento mori—works of art that remind us that we will die. We’ll explore various historical and contemporary forms including the elegy, jisei, epitaph and lament. Readings will include texts by Melvin Dixon, Gwendolyn Brooks, Pat Parker, Edward Hirsch, W.H. Auden, Emily Dickinson and Agha Shahid Ali. Visual works by Edvard Munch, Frida Kahlo, Faith Ringgold and Felix Gonzalez-Torres will also be discussed. Work for the course will be done asynchronously on Wet Ink. At the start of the course, the professor will provide a video overview of memento mori, and each week she’ll provide video and written instructions to a new assignment. Students will draft six total poems of their own and exchange feedback on their poems electronically each week. At the end of the course, the professor will conference one-on-one with each student via video conference.

Workshop Details

  • Professor: Candace Williams
  • Dates: July 8-August 18, 2020
  • Time: asynchronous
  • Location: online via Wet Ink
  • Cost: $345
  • Class size: 6–12 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, JULY 5, 2020
  • Earlybird discount: $20 off through SUN, MAY 31