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Workshop: Poetry & Divination with Timothy Liu

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Asian American Writers' Workshop

112 W 27th Street, 6th Floor

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Three Sessions, 3 hours each (6-9pm)

Wednesdays July 19th, July 26th, August 2nd

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$200 General / $175 AAWW Members (JOIN THE FAN CLUB!)

Full payment due before first class. Maximum of twelve students.


Why you should take this class: Poet Timothy Liu, author of Kingdom Come: A Fantasia (Talisman House, 2017) invites you to inspect and transform the complex and the contradictory into the workings of a poem. Liu explores poetry as a place of authenticity and devotion in The Huffington Post, and reveals the ongoing private cultivation of his poetry in Kenyon Review. You can float through four centuries with Liu in The Margins.

Class Description: To “divine” is to seek guidance and counsel from a god. Or an oracle. To “auger” is to be able to read the signs whether one is looking at the stars (Astrology), throwing down coins (I-Ching), or drawing cards from the major and minor arcana (Tarot). This workshop will explore how occult practices dovetail with our writing lives. We’ll first take a look at historical figures (Yeats, H.D., Robert Duncan, Sylvia Plath. James Merrell) before delving into prompts and revisionary exercises that border on the uncanny.

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Questions? Contact Tracy Wong at twong@aaww.org

Timothy Liu is the author of ten books of poems, most recently Kingdom Come: A Fantasia (Talisman House, 2017). His work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Bomb, The Nation, Paris Review, Poetry, The Pushcart Prize and elsewhere. His journals and papers are archived in the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library. A reader of occult esoterica, Liu has given I-Ching and tarot readings from the jungles of Peru to the islands of Greece. He is Professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey and lives in Manhattan and Woodstock, NY.


“Timothy Liu writes out of an angry materialism, ill-fitting body, disappointment at every turn. He takes on his point of view wholeheartedly and compresses the consequences into phrases that echo and mimic each other, thereby increasing the sensation of claustrophobia and fever.”

- Fanny Howe, Author of Second Child (Graywolf 2014)

“In Liu’s newest collection, he unwinds and unwounds the past. The poet writes, “There are people who are so wounded that everything has to serve as a kind of proof, whether they are or are not loved [...] Ache smolders through these poems with the desire to redeem the past.”

- Dean Kostos, Lambda Literary


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