Summary:Why is prose so good at being poetry? That is exactly the kind of leading question you might fold into your next prose poem. In this workshop we will talk about the strange and lively things going on in prose poetry, one of the strangest and liveliest forms of writing around. Everyday language seems able to stand outside itself, becoming an exuberant structure for holding literary deviance and marginal subjectivities. Let’s stand outside everyday language with prose poetry.
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You Will Learn:
- Key moments of the prose poem in the western literary tradition
- Key moments of the prose poem in the anti-imperialist, feminist counter-tradition
- Ways into the inherent mystery of description
- Ways into the exquisite power of address
- Ways to write and read your first draft
About the Tutor:
Lucy Van writes poetry and criticism. She is a senior research associate in the English and Theatre Studies program at the University of Melbourne. She was a writer in residence at Overland (2019-2020), and a Melbourne Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne (2018-2019). Her first poetry collection, The Open (Cordite 2021), was longlisted for the Stella prize, shortlisted for the Mary Gilmore Award and highly commended in the Anne Elder Award.
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