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The Poetic Act

Tuesdays, 7pm

Course Description

The root of poetry implies action: the Greek term poiesis derives from an ancient word for to make. Our class, channeling this active principle, will focus on the poetic act: the act of writing and performing a poem, acting as or while a poet, effecting personal and collective action in poetry. We will make poetry and read it extensively in addition to texts in poetics, theater, philosophy, art theory, aesthetics, religion, psychoanalysis… Class assignments will include completing and performing a poetic play, experiments in humor and Tarot, and an overnight class.
Required book: Psychomagic – Alejandro Jodorowsky


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.