Teaching at Brooklyn Poets this Autumn

image of forest regrowth after a major wildfire, originally published in JSTOR Daily

On Saturday afternoons from September 25th through November 6th, I’ll be teaching a Contemporary Practice poetry workshop with Brooklyn Poets.

Here’s the fun trouble we will be getting into. It’s called “Self, Nature, City”:

“All poetry is collaboration,” writes Matthew Rohrer; Allen Grossman writes, “The person who speaks in lyric is always alone.” Poems are simultaneously social and solitary, external and internal. This is especially visible when poets engage directly with their surroundings, whether natural, urban, or both. In this seven-week workshop, we’ll wander, contemplate and imagine—while together and alone—in public parks, forests, deserts, mountains, oceans, wetlands, city streets, aquariums, suburban nature preserves, lands under restoration, regions burned by wildfires, and more, through live online cams and in person via 3–4 outdoor sessions in Prospect Park. We’ll read poets who engage with nature and city-based environments through their lyric ‘I’: Joanne Kyger, Du Fu, Joy Harjo, Larry Eigner, Evie Shockley, Frank O’Hara, Dg Nanouk Okpik, Patricia Killelea, Geoffrey Nutter and more. Along the way, we’ll question the boundaries of nature and city and consider what it means to write in collaboration with nature as non-human species populations decline in this climate emergency. At the same time, we’ll honor the persistent motivation of the poet to speak into and out of everything, no matter what the time period or current conditions may be. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Saturday, save for in-person sessions in Prospect Park for local students (remote students can Zoom in for these sessions). Assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink[Note: as this workshop intends to meet partially in person, all local participants must show proof of vaccination before the first session.]

You can read a bit more about it here, and even register to join us, if this calls to you.

Two poems in Prelude

Thanks to the Prelude editors for re-publishing two poems in my “Day” series of poems in Sugar Factory (Spuyten Duyvil, 2019). Read them here.

The editors were planning this to be in print, but they decided to publish the issue online due to pandemic difficulties and hardships.

You’ll find additional poems by Sandra Simonds, Andrew J. Smyth, Patricia Hartland, Christopher Spaide, Maja Lukic, Madison McCartha, Ellen Boyette, Adam J. Gellings, Alice Hall, Jon Ruseski, Michael Larson, Vanessa Saunders, Jakob Maier, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Rachel Abramowitz, Cal Freeman, Aileen Bassis, Jeremiah Moriarty, Jessica Yuan, Michael Larson, Maxine Berclaz, James Moore, Kelly Hoffer, F. Daniel Rzicznek, Lea Graham, Michael Juliani, Elise Houcek, and Nicolas Visconti.

If you read the Winter 2021 issue, please consider picking up one of the Prelude books! Your support of independent literature and publishing really will go a long way.

A few places to listen & watch

Here are a few places to listen to my recent poems via audio and video:

NYU Creative Writing Program Alumni Poetry Reading, hosted by Matthew Rohrer, Fall 2019

Launching Sugar Factory and Sarah Riggs’s Among Friends portraits show, also featuring Eléna Rivera, Rachel Levitsky and Omar Berrada, at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, Spring 2019

Greetings Readings, at Unnameable Books, September 2016

Thinking about Joanne today

And the way the light is. This morning I’ve been with Joanne Kyger, and I’ve been staying here, in the second half of a poem dated December 1, 1996, from AGAIN: Poems 1989-2000.

Try to be vast now.         Remember this strand

of conscious thinking vibrating like a watery

jewel on the morning’s cobweb.             All show, plunk

it falls,   so temporal,    this attempt to cliché the moment.

As all falls silent.