The Gong Keeps Going: Patience & Transformation in Our Most Challenging Poems

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Gabrielle Calvocoressi
Week 2: June 16 to June 21
ORIENTATION: June 16, 6:00-7:30 PM
WORKSHOP: June 17-21, 9am-12pm
Discipline: Poetry
Open to All

Workshop Description 

What makes you decide to give up on a poem that in your heart you really love and believe in? In this workshop we'll think about how patience and being with feelings of discomfort and "failure" can open the gates to extraordinary poems. We will look at poems that require a good deal of durational and intellectual patience on the part of readers as a means of figuring out how we might breathe through the difficult moments in our poetics instead of getting up from the cushion and walking away. This is a supportive and joyful walk through the woods of our poems. We'll probably get lost and then think about how we can keep going and find our voice anew. This class is open to any and all. It might be particularly useful for those who'd like to bring a couple poems they just can't seem to find their way into and just don't want to let go.


Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart, Apocalyptic Swing, and Rocket Fantastic, which won the Publishing Triangle's Audre Lorde Award for Best Book of Poems by a Lesbian Poet. They have recently had poems published in American Poetry Review, Tin House, and The New Yorker and are at work on a non-fiction project entitled The Year I Didn't Kill Myself. They live in North Carolina where they teach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.