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Poetic Image for the People

6 March - 8 May | Sundays, 6-8pm

Course Description

Bachelard writes that the poetic image places us at the origin of the speaking being, and opens a new future to language. What is the role of image-making, the core agency of art creation, in the striated textual-visual landscape of contemporary poetry, where we are as compelled to curate, archive, meme and animate as we are to picture, imagine and write? In whose image do you make? Does the emotional gestalt of social identities, selfies, personae and avatars now build the complex of the poetic image? What is mimesis in a world on fire, where visibility is a function of survival and social justice as well as surveillance and oppression? Can metaphor still even?

In this workshop, through a series of critical readings and creative exercises we will challenge and redefine the study of the poetic image as zeitgeist repository, soul imprint, signature, simultaneously the product and the unsayable. We will work collaboratively, inspired by June Jordan's revolutionary Poetry for the People. We will read down the factory line-of-sight of image production, from Plato and Aristotle to Heidegger’s view of modernity as an epoch of representation, Derrida’s notion of trace, Imagist and contemporary poetics of world-engagement. We will examine our own mental, textual and visual image archives and make poetry in conversation with visiting artists, including writer Eileen Myles; conceptual choreographer Aynsley Vandenbroucke; poet and scholar Tonya Foster; poet and visual artist Bianca Stone; poet, novelist, filmmaker, and new media artist Tan Lin; writer and filmmaker Dia Felix; poet, musician and scholar Julian Talamantez Brolaski; and others. Collectively, we will produce a portfolio of poetic responses to the current exhibition at FUG.


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Ana Božičević

Ana Božičević is a poet and translator whose work incorporates digital video, sound and song. She received the Lambda Literary Award for Poetry for Rise in the Fall (Birds, LLC 2013), the 40 Under 40: The Future of Feminism award from the Feminist Press, and the PEN American Center/NYSCA grant for translating It Was Easy to Set the Snow on Fire by Zvonko Karanović, forthcoming from Phoneme. She studies poetics at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she has edited Diane di Prima's lectures on H.D. and Charles Olson for Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative. For more, visit