Borders and Identity: The Poetics of Place with Rosebud Ben-Oni
How do borders shape poetry and the poetic self? Can existing divisions generate new spaces for creativity? This workshop will explore the dynamics existing within and arising out of different kinds of borders not only geographical but also racial, ethnic, sexual, familial and linguistic. We will also examine how contemporary poets breathe new life into traditional forms such as the aubade and the ode through the use of borders to subvert existing dominant narratives and bear witness to current events. Students will write and share work, drawing inspiration from various poets such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Tara Betts, Eduardo C. Corral, Ocean Vuong and Cornelius Eady.
Wednesdays from October 12 - November 16, 2016, 6:00PM to 8:30PM