The poet’s job, isn’t it, is to spill her guts and arrange these guts into a revolution named Poem. In this workshop, we will look at the confessional poem as a means of protest, a desire for change, repair, and a study of the cracks where the light and dust shine through. How does the smallest cry become radical? How can a fever inspire change? How can a tiny folded up poem move a country to tears? How can your most secret voice be turned into a form of resistance? In our weekend, we will look at the poetry of Ilya Kaminsky, Claudia Rankine, Ocean Vuong, Gertrude Stein, Yusef Komunyakaa, Adrienne Rich, Allen Ginsburg, Lucille Clifton, Sylvia Plath, and Leonard Cohen to guide us and enlighten. We will workshop up to two of your poems on the first day. There will be one overnight writing assignment, which will be the focus of the second day. Participants will go home with guidance for revision and new visions.
Sabrina Orah Mark is the author of the poetry collections The Babies (Saturnalia Books, 2004) and Tsim Tsum (Saturnalia Books, 2009). Mark’s awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Her poetry and stories most recently appear in Tin House (Open Bar), Lana Turner Journal, American Short Fiction, jubilat, BODY, The Collagist, The Believer, and in the anthology My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales. She has taught at Agnes Scott College, University of Georgia, Rutgers University, The University of Iowa, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Goldwater Hospital, and throughout the New York City and Iowa Public School Systems. She lives in Athens, Georgia with her husband, Reginald McKnight, and their two sons.