The Poetics of the Future with Shayla Lawz

Saturday, September 24, 2022 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Saturday, September 24, 12:30PM-2:30PM 

Meeting will take place in the Poetry Center's Alumni Room, Room 205; limit 12 students. Register here. 

Writing about the future is far more challenging than simply imagining what might come next. It is a personal act between poet and the world; one that requires us to connect history and what has not yet been seen in order to craft an image of what might be possible. Poets can, in an instant—with one word, or line, or image—lead us (and themselves) from one day to the next, from one world to the next. The future is a contract that states: we will survive the present moment. In this workshop, we will read poems that ask us to believe in what might exist beyond what we know right now. I will provide writing prompts and exercises built around this practice of imagining and ask you, as you write your own poems, to consider how you might be your own guide into the future.