Basic Tools: A Poetry Workshop
I’m thinking poems are made out of very clear easy things: words, repetition, art, nature, love and sex and loss, music, political climate, limitation, time, death, rhythm. God? Ideas about god or spirituality. So we’re going to use all those things – in discussion and through direct application onto the surface of our poem. Life to some great extent is a mess and we are going to use that messiness as the source of our uncanny little poems. I’m always glad to look at the work of Judy Grahn and John Wieners, Simone White, John Clare, anonymous illiterate Mayan women, Rumi, Fanny Howe, John Ashbery, Leslie Scalapino, and Mario Santiago Papasquiaro, Roberto Bolano’s sidekick. We will have a good time.
Eileen Myles is a poet, novelist, performer and art journalist. Their twenty books include Afterglow (a dog memoir), a 2017 re-issue of Cool for You and I Must Be Living Twice/new and selected poems, and Chelsea Girls. Eileen is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, four Lambda Book Awards, and the Shelley Prize from the PSA. In 2016, Myles received a Creative Capital grant and the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. Currently they teach at NYU and Naropa University and live in Marfa TX and New York City.