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Poetry & The City: What Dreams Are Made of

Poetry & The City: What Dreams Are Made of

Imagine having the strength, / while standing / with one steel leg / in Manhattan, / to pull Brooklyn / toward you / by the lip!


     —Vladimir Mayakovsky


In this workshop, we'll explore New York through the eye of the poet immersed in the city's refracting poetic legacies, within the changing urban landscape that shaped their development. We'll consider the policies and social and material realities that give rise to and destroy the poet's dream of NYC. We'll read city poems; visit historic and contemporary poetry landmarks; pore over urban planning maps; investigate built and Ozymandian, never-realized architecture; and draw words from the stone, tile, glass, dust, river and sky that make up the living, dreaming body of the city we live in and write. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Sunday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.

Workshop Details

  • Professor: Ana Božičević
  • Dates: March 29–May 3, 2020 (Apr 12 off)
  • Time: Sundays, 4–7 PM
  • Location: online
  • Cost: $345
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, MARCH 22, 2020
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off by SUN, FEB 2