Joseph Bathanti: Writing the Artefactual Poem — 10:30-11:45 a.m. and 2-3:15 p.m.

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Joseph Bathanti: Writing the Artefactual Poem — 10:30-11:45 a.m. and 2-3:15 p.m.

20.00

This is essentially a class in Ekphrasis (in this case ekphrastic poetry), “a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art”—as defined by The Poetry Foundation. But, for the purposes of this class, I’d like to broaden the definition of what we’ll engage in, in order to accommodate other texts apart from what we think of as typical works of art. In Literary Theory, a text is any object that can be read, whether this object is a work of literature, photograph (typically written about in ekphrastic poems), clothing, a matchbook, postcard, film, even a baseball glove, or wristwatch, you name it—since all these texts embody stories, conjure language specific to them, and are often tied to memory and/or place. To demystify the above: you’ll essentially be writing about an artefact(s)/object(s) to which you have deep personal connections, not only describing/representing it, but also charting your autobiographical associations with it—the multi-layered story it triggers and embodies how you’re influenced and informed, even obsessed, by it. I’ll bring to class examples of representative poems for us to examine and discuss and I’d like you to, please, bring artefacts/texts you’d like to write about during the sessions. Participants will come away with a draft of a poem or two, maybe three.

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