Writing Trauma in Poems

Writing Trauma in Poems

Heavy lifting; poetry working with pain and purpose.

* This course will take place on video-conferencing platform ZOOM *  

How do poets write about the unspeakable? Why and how do they employ such strategies as fragmentation, dissociation, reticence, and repetition to address a subject that is not bearable? Can this be a healing process for the poet? For the reader of the poem? This short course will include both readings and a discussion of poems by poets such as Emily Dickinson, Yusef Komunyakaa, Paul Celan, and others. Participants will also have the opportunity to write and share their own work and receive feedback. 

2 Half-day Zoom sessions, running 1.30–4pm (GMT), on 7 & 14 March 2024. To apply for a concession rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected]. Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. More information about how our Video Courses work can be found on the Video Courses page. If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected]. 

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About Eve Grubin View Profile

Eve Grubin is the author of Grief Dialogue, The House of Our First Loving, (both from Rack Press) and Morning Prayer (Sheep Meadow Press). Her next book of poems Darling, I Used to Dance at These Parties will be published by Four Way Books. Her essays have appeared in various magazines and anthologies including, The Veil: Women Writers on Its History Lore and Politics (U of CA Press). Eve was the programs director at the Poetry Society of America and has taught at The New School, and the City College of New York. She is a lecturer at New York University London.  www.evegrubin.com. 

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