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Workshop: (De)Constructing Poetic Structure [San Ysidro, CA]

April 30, 2009
Conociendo La Calaca: (De)Constructing Poetic Structure
Facilitator: Manuel J. Vélez
The invention of “free verse” poetry in the 19th Century was in direct response and retaliation to the more rigid forms of poetic structure that existed before it. Today free verse poetry has become the predominant form of poetic structure turning the others into historical artifacts. However when we consider the history of poetry and the importance that poetic structure has played in that history we can’t help but wonder, what else did we lose when we gave up poetic structure? This workshop will attempt to answer that question by looking more closely at various poetic structures from different cultures and eras. The idea is to develop an understanding of how poetic structure contributes to the overall effect of the poem and how it reflects the socio-political and religious ethos of the poem’s culture. Once we have understood the role of poetic structure we can then begin to look for ways to “de-construct” that structure to develop new poetic structures that better reflect our own culture’s “ethos” and experiences.
Workshop will take place
Saturday, July 18 & Sunday, July 19, 2009
The Front
147 W. San Ysidro Blvd
San Ysidro, Califas 92173

I saw this at the Manuel Paul Lopez blog. More details about the submission process there. Open to ten poets between the ages of 18 to 40.

Deadline: Wednesday July 1, 2009

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