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On the Path of Illness: A Two-Day Poetry Workshop, Fred Marchant
February 2 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until February 9, 2019
We’ve all been ill before, we will be ill again, and we might just be living with an illness right now. It is also true that we might love someone who is dealing with an illness, and that makes the beloved’s illness a significant part of our lives as well. How does poetry enter into this difficult but inescapable terrain? How do we find words for the myriad thoughts and irreducibly complicated feelings we experience as we travel on the path of illness? Questions like these are at the heart of our two-day poetry workshop.
On the first Saturday of our workshop, I would like you to bring sufficient copies of a poem that meets the following criteria: a. that illness plays a part in the poem, and b. that you think the poem is still in progress and would benefit from in-depth workshop discussion and subsequent revision. During the week that follows our first session, I would like you to work on revising that poem, and to begin a new poem as well, with illness playing a part in both poems. Please bring sufficient copies of the revised poem and the new poem to the second Saturday of our workshop.
Fred Marchant is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which is Said Not Said(2017). Earlier books include The Looking House, Full Moon Boat, House on Water, House in Air, and Tipping Point, the latter recently reissued in a second edition. Marchant has co-translated (with Nguyễn Bá Chung)selected works by Trần Dăng Khoa, and Võ Quê. He is the editor of Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Staffordand the founding director of the Suffolk University Poetry Center in Boston. An Emeritus Professor of English, he is the winner of the May Sarton Award from the New England Poetry Club, given to poets “whose work is an inspiration to other writers.”
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