Beyond Baroque: Freed by the Arbitrary - The Paradox of Literary Form with James Cushing
This workshop begins with the notion that poetic form embodies a powerfully creative paradox that blends freedom with constraint—that, if a poet freely chooses to work within a form, the demands of that form can goad the poet’s imagination into territories the poet would never have found otherwise. The process of creation thereby involves the poet’s discovery of what had been waiting for articulation all along. You might say that the form may contain a secret—what the poet keeps hidden from consciousness—and that in this workshop, we’re trying to uncover that secret.
Tickets A Zoom link will be provided to all registered participants 24 hours before and on the day of the workshop
James Cushing is a poet who holds a doctorate in English from UC Irvine. He has been writing, publishing, and trying to teach poetry for fifty years. Associated with Beyond Baroque since the late 1970s, Cushing hosted a live poetry radio program on KPFK-FM which gave early exposure to Dennis Cooper, David Trinidad, Amy Gerstler, Wanda Coleman, Leland Hickman, and many others.