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The Only War That Matters Is The War Against The Imagination: A Poetry Workshop

Thursdays, 7pm

Course Description

Thinkers have warned against the imagination as the Pandora's box of the mind or a kind of trick oracle. Kant called it the "blind, yet indispensable function of the human soul" that deals breakthroughs and breakdowns alike. Blind yet image-making, imagination haunts artistic discourses and shares with art the liminal zone between ideal and real, between intellect and feels.
Taking as our point of departure Diane di Prima's caution that "the only war that matters is the war against the imagination," we'll examine imagination's cultural and political implications, focusing on the poetic: from the Romantics, for whom it was a sacred tool of inquiry, to contemporary experimental poets who rigorously imagine their textual sculptures into hard or digital materiality.
We'll discuss the work of the imagination in our own creative work, regardless of genre. We will create new or used poems, textual and multimedia pieces in response to class discussions, and welcome a number of guest speakers — poets, artists, filmmakers, translators, and activists. 
Each class will work as its own unit of inquiry, and anyone is encouraged to attend any meeting; for maximum effect, follow the course to completion. The semester will culminate in a collective performance whose nature you will help us imagine.
First class: Thursday September 18th, 7pm


Ana Božičević & Sophia Le Fraga

Ana Božičević is a poet, translator and filmmaker. She wrote Stars of the Night Commute (Tarpaulin Sky Press 2009) and Rise in the Fall (Birds, LLC 2013), which received the Lambda Literary Award for Poetry. She teaches and studies poetics at CUNY, 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 
Sophia Le Fraga is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of the anti-plays “W8ING 4” and “TH3 B4LD 50PR4N0” (Gauss PDF, 2014), which have been featured on Jacket2, Dazed & Confused, MOTHERBOARD, The New York Times and Yahoo! Tech. She also wrote I RL, YOU RL (minutes BOOKS 2013, Troll Thread 2014) and I DON’T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE INTERNET (Keep This Bag Away From Children, 2012). For more, visit 
Ana Božičević and Sophia Le Fraga create, perform and teach as not_I. Most recently they have taught workshops on Performance Poetry at Harvard University and Multimedia Poetry at NYU.