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Writing Prose Poetry with Shira Dentz
November 10, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm$124
Join poet, editor, and professor, Shira Dentz, for a one-day intensive about the prose poem.
This one-day intensive workshop will consist of generative exercises and workshop. We’ll explore the elusive form of the prose poem through reading and discussing prose poems by poets including Francis Ponge, Rosmarie Waldrop, Claudia Rankine, and Charles Simic, and writing prompts will follow each of our discussions. Each hour we’ll enter a different portal to this liminal space, shifting our starting point from objects to metaphysics to social autobiography to the surreal. The question, “What is a prose poem?,” has been notoriously difficult to answer, and we will embark on an open-ended journey. Since form can be viewed in relation to its content, the prose poem is perhaps a most uncontained form (despite its formal regularity on the page). Together, we will plumb this textual and textural space, the nascent matter in your own generative imagination. As prelude to each day’s class, we will do warm-up sensory/language experiments to flex your bodily sense-perceptions, language, and imagination, and we will conclude on the second day with an extended workshop that will give everyone the chance to refine at least one prose poem they drafted through this workshop.
Shira Dentz the author of five full-length books, black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman), door of thin skins (CavanKerry), how do i net thee (Salmon Poetry), the sun a blazing zero (Lavender Ink/Diáologos, forthcoming 2019), and Sisyphusina (PANK, forthcoming 2020), and two chapbooks, Leaf Weather (Shearsman), and FLOUNDERS (Essay Press). Her books have been reviewed in many venues including American Book Review, Rain Taxi, Boston Review, Georgia Review, Colorado Review, Cutbank, Denver Quarterly, RATTLE, Fourth Genre, and The Rumpus. Interviews have appeared in journals including Ploughshares and The Rumpus.
A graduate of the Iowa Writers‘ Workshop, she holds a doctorate in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Utah. Dentz was Drunken Boat’s Reviews Editor from 2011-2016, and she is currently Special Features Editor at Tarpaulin Sky. She teaches creative writing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. More about her writing can be found at shiradentz.com.