Strategic Desire: The Story Poems Tell
This interactive workshop asks poets to craft poems that tell a story and act as witness. Poets strategically use form, music, and the “desire to see” to capture moments of the human experience, and to explore emotion, nature, place, social life, and the politics of voice. What story does your poem tell? Does your poem sound an alarm and allow the reader to become a witness to issues of race and immigration? Participants will read and reference poets, such as Tyehimba Jess, Kimiko Hahn, Pedro Pietri, Adrienne Rich, and Sonia Sanchez among others, as craft models. Poets will experiment with/and or try at least one new form, which may include the blues, cento, haiku, villanelle, sonnet, and the zuihitsu.
Allia Abdullah-Matta is an Associate Professor at CUNY LaGuardia Community College and a poet who believes that art and creative expression are transformative. She has recently published poems in Newtown Literary, Promethean, and Marsh Hawk Review.
The Literature Series "Writing on Race & Immigration" is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. This workshop is produced in partnership with Newtown Literary.