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The Excruciating

The Excruciating

What is the language of excruciation? How do we as poets craft a beautiful music out of our extreme longing and our painful, innermost parts? In this generative, five-week online workshop, we'll interrogate our individual and collective suffering in order to find a way to name it through the language of poetry. Guided by the poems and ephemera of poets who are masterful in writing about the excruciating, such as Paul Celan, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Don Mee Choi, Frank Bidart, Wanda Coleman, Victor Montejo, Rose Ausländer and more, we'll draft and workshop four new poems that bring to light our humanity and hold us together in poetry. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Wednesday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.

Workshop Details

  • Professor: Carlie Hoffman
  • Dates: July 7–August 4, 2021
  • Time: Wednesdays, 6:30–9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Location: online via Zoom
  • Cost: $345
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, JULY 4, 2021