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Bodies in Space: The Art of Poetic Observation

This class will focus on generating work through being a careful observer of the natural world. This includes developing and practicing a willingness to put your body in space and be an acute observer. We will discuss ways of gathering language and broadening our vocabulary of the natural world. We will discuss how to write in space and how to develop writing practices that work for the individual. We consider the musicality and registers of languages of varying places. We will talk about the difference between "I" and "eye" and how both are dynamic framing devices. Most importantly, we will use these discussions and ideas to further and deepen our relationship with language, ourselves, and the world around us. The works of the following authors will be explored: Jorie Graham, Ronald Johnson, Denise Levertov, JH Prynne, Ed Roberson, Brandon Shimoda, Layli Long Soldier, May Swenson, Jean Valentine, and others.

Instructor: Jon Conley is a poet and musician from Cleveland where he is receiving his MFA from Cleveland State University. His work can be found or is forthcoming with Dream Pop, Annulet, Maudlin House, The Hunger, FIVE:2:ONE, Bad Nudes, X-R-A-Y, and others. Find him online at and on Instagram @beachstav.

Details: Bodies in Space: The Art of Poetic Observation takes place Mondays August 8, 15, and 22 from 6-8pm remotely through Zoom.
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