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Poetry as Rituals, Spells, Curses, and Prayer

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Nashville Public Library

615 Church Street

Nashville, TN 37219

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Poetry as Rituals, Spells, Curses, and Prayer

“Poetry makes nothing happen,” W.H. Auden famously wrote. Some poetry, however, harnesses poetic forms precisely to make something happen. This workshop explores rituals, spells, curses, and prayer in poetry--language that understands itself to be action, language that's trying to make something happen. Guided by the work of poets Jericho Brown, Lucille Clifton, Francisco X. Alarcón, and Ilya Kaminsky, we will consider the possibilities of language as action and make something happen with our own poems.

SLANT workshops are intended for high school students. We meet in StudioNPL on the third floor of the Nashville Public Library. This is a free event open to students from any area, but workshop seating is limited, so please click to RSVP. If you sign up for an event and find that you are unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible so that someone else has the opportunity to participate. Contact joe@porchtn.org with questions.

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Claire Schwartz is a PhD candidate in African American Studies and American Studies at Yale. Her poetry has appeared in Apogee, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Massachusetts Review, and Prairie Schooner, and her essays, reviews, and interviews in The Iowa Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, bound (Button Poetry), is forthcoming in February 2018.

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