How can you know what an object means to you if you haven’t seen it shattered to the thing that makes it rattle—its seeds, bones, phlegm, loose gears, teeth, gravel? In this workshop, we will experience poems from writers who use images in ways that surprise, reinvent, reimagine and, most importantly, who make their images mean more than we knew they could before reading that poem. Through writing exercises, we will develop our own IEDs (research, etymology, language, history, mythology, the senses, etc.) as we practice exploding what we think we know about image in order to sift through the pieces and discover what we need to know and to feel about the images in our poems.
The IED and Image Precision: How to Assemble and Use an Image Explosive Device in your Poetry
Instructor: Natalie Diaz
Date: Sat., Aug 10 | 9-3pm (1-hour lunch break)
CPE Credits: 8 Language Arts
Class Limit: 15
Registration Deadline: Aug 7
Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. After playing professional basketball for several years, Diaz completed a double MFA in poetry and fiction at Old Dominion University. A Lannan Residency recipient, her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press in May 2012.