A Poet’s Field Guide To Tucson: The Ecology of These Streets

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 8:00pm

Class Meetings: Tuesdays, May 7 - June 11, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, in the Poetry Center Conference Room 205

Registration opens April 15, 2019 at 11 AM. ***SOLD OUT***

where the I is the public, where the I is things, where the I is the things that happen. - Amelia Rosselli

In this class, Tucson will be our subject. As poets, prose writers, and interdisciplinary artists, we will share, discuss, and write our many versions of the city. Keeping a “street notebook," we will record conversations, observations, images, ideas, found text, etc. while also embarking on site-specific field work, with the goal of completing twelve new pieces, some of which will be workshopped. Topics might include human behavior, urban sprawl/renewal, borders/boundaries, murals, backyard climate change, and sidewalk botany. Drawing inspiration from the work of Lydia Otero, Etel Adnan, Ida B. Wells, Sophie Calle, Marina Tsvetaeva, and Werner Herzog among others, we will learn to employ poetic devices across genres, finding poetry not just in form but in our surroundings and how we engage. This class will help us to reimagine our relationships to Tucson during the heat of summer, to turn our days into poetry, and to discover or illuminate a hidden collective consciousness.