22 May 2013, Advanced, Interactive Online Course, Sarah Jackson.
‘I do not want to see what is shown. I want to see what is secret. What is hidden amongst the visible. I want to see the skin of the light.’ (Hélène Cixous, Writing Blind: Conversation with the Donkey). Some of the best poems are written blind. We don’t know where we’ll end up when we start writing them and so they take us, as well as the reader, by surprise. During this course we’ll explore poems that surprise us, reading and discussing work by a range of contemporary North American poets including
Louise Glück, Li-Young Lee and Gary Young. We’ll think about ‘what is hidden amongst the visible’ in our own poetry, and undertake a series of exercises designed to help us write blind, without deciding our destination in advance, without always knowing where we are going.