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Read a Poet / Write a Poem  (Conferences / Seminars / Lectures)

Monday, Jan. 14: Join the RCAH Center for poetry's interim director Cindy Hunter Morgan for a discussion of Anna Akhmatova's "Requiem," a cycle of personal and political poems dealing with Stalin's reign of terror. Akhmatova's work is constructed with cinematic care, moving between scenes, time periods and points of view with film-like cuts. Cinematic qualities are embedded in the craft and construction of the poem, and are essential to its success. Many of the techniques Akhmatova used are both poetic and cinematic, and are useful examples of how cinematic devices can be used in poetry.

Monday, Jan. 28: Join us again for a follow-up workshop in which we''ll use a few of Akhmatova's shorter (but still cinematic!) poems as writing prompts. This will be a generative workshop: you'll leave with a few drafts of new poems. We'll think more deeply about how poets can harness cinematic techniques, and we'll have fun. We'll supply everything you need, but feel free to bring your own journal and pen if you'd prefer.

PLEASE NOTE! If you're only able to join us for one workshop, come! You do not have to attend both workshops. They are designed to complement each other, and your participation in one will enhance the experience of the other, but if you can only make it to one, that's okay.

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Location: Snyder Hall Room C302
Price: free
Sponsor: Administration