Telling it Straight or Slant: Poetry and #MeToo
Instructor: Becca Klaver

When: Saturday, January 19, 2019 – 2-4pm
Where: Midwest Writing Center (ground floor of Rock Island Public Library Downtown Branch – 401 19th St., Rock Island, IL)
Cost: $15 for MWC Members, $20 for Non-Members, Free for high school and college students. Scholarships available for those with financial need — contact MWC for more info.

Telling it Straight or Slant: Poetry and #MeToo

In the age of #MeToo, when survivors are sharing their stories directly and publicly, what does it mean to “tell all the truth but tell it slant,” as Emily Dickinson put it? What kinds of stories can poems tell, and how? In this workshop, we will explore poetry’s ability to reckon with the past through narrative, imagery, fragment, silence, and other methods. In response to a brief tour of American poetry from Confessionalism to the present, we will first look at and write poetry that uses straightforward storytelling to reweave a sense of wholeness; then, we will consider what poetry can do that traditional narrative cannot by writing poems that use formal structures to gesture toward loss and the unspeakable.

This class does not assume that participants possess any particular life experiences or poetic knowledge; everyone is welcome.

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About the Instructor:

Becca Klaver is the author of two books of poetry—LA Liminal (Kore Press, 2010) and Empire Wasted (Bloof Books, 2016)—and several chapbooks. Black Lawrence Press will publish her third full-length collection, Ready for the World, in 2020. Her poems, which explore place, gender, American culture, and virtual and physical realities, have appeared in The American Poetry ReviewFencejubilat, Gramma Weekly, The &NOW Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writingand on Verse Daily and Poem-A-Day. The 2018-2020 Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellow at Cornell College, she currently lives in Iowa City, IA.