Write on Time: Restorative Poetics from Isolation toward Revivification, a workshop with SAMIYA BASHIR
Sunday, May 15 | 1–4 pm CDT | *ONLINE* on Zoom
Cost: $50 General | $45 Members of WP
“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” –Anaïs Nin
Rhythm and rhyme weave a poem through our bodies which allows us to hold and share the gifts of its lines over time. Whether we’ve been stuck indoors or working to balance our essential labor against ceaseless waves of risk, our current time has led many of us to tread waters of isolation while longing to once again swim life’s currents together.
In this poetry-making workshop, we will sharpen our sound through focused specificity and sensory detail to write in, through, about, and around the many dimensions of time—physical and psychological, real and imagined. “What is called its form,” wrote poet W.S. Merwin, “may be simply that part of the poem that had directly to do with time: the time of the poem, the time in which it was written, and the sense of recurrence in which the unique moment of vision is set.”
Working together through a series of prompts geared toward our own restoration and revivification—form and flesh both—each participant will leave with a handful of poem starts, as well as tools and examples of process: seeds for their own practice, and to spread for all who need it.
Samiya Bashir is the author of three books of poetry: Field Theories (Nightboat Books, 2017), Gospel (Red Bone Press), and Where the Apple Falls (Red Bone Press). Sometimes she makes poems of dirt. Sometimes zeros and ones. Sometimes variously rendered text. Sometimes light. Her work has been widely published, performed, installed, printed, screened, and experienced. Bashir holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as Poet Laureate, and an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she received two Hopwood Poetry Awards. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches at Reed College.