Discovering Strangeness — an exploration of wild poetry
Antigonish writer Anne Simpson will lead a four-week poetry workshop starting this weekend.
The first gathering for Discovering Strangeness – an exploration of wild poetry – will take place Saturday, Oct. 13, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the St. James United Church meeting room.
“What makes poetry strange,” Simpson said, with a laugh, when asked about the focus for the sessions.
As an outline for the workshop describes, ‘it is about discovering and exploring poetry in terms of its wildness – and how to make poems wilder.’
“People are, kind of, scared of it,” Simpson noted of writing, especially poetry.
She added “it is also about taking people out of their comfort zone,” when it comes to the sessions.
“We will be celebrating its strangeness,” Simpson said.
In similar workshops, she said she has asked participants “to take bits of texts,” which are not normally associated with poetry, and make them part of their work.
“It could be a line from a service manual,” Simpson added.
She remembered one writer scrambling pieces of excerpts from a philosophy book.
“They were weird, but they were wonderful,” Simpson said.
She also plans to have participants write poems and then “scramble the words.”
“When you do that, you usually find out what’s important,” Simpson added.
Participants will use mapping to think about what they are writing, and invent forms to shape new work.
“It is about using a way of writing that they are not familiar with,” Simpson said.
She noted people must participate in all four sessions; the other three Saturday gatherings are set for Oct. 20 and 27, along with Nov. 10.
Simpson said the fall workshop is “for people interested in poetry.”
“I know this may sound like a lot of hooey, but it is a lot of fun,” Simpson said, with a laugh.
To register, email Annick with the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia at email@example.com