Night Thoughts: Contemporary Poetic Practices @ Stillpoint Spaces Berlin, Berlin [vom 6. bis 27. Februar]

Night Thoughts: Contemporary Poetic Practices


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6. - 27.
Februar
19:00 - 20:30

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Stillpoint Spaces Berlin
Hobrechtstrasse 66, 12047 Berlin
The philosopher, poet, and translator Walter Kaufmann called psychoanalysis the «poetic science,» and poetry has long been called on by analysts to speak to that which cannot be spoken to by other means. The psychoanalyst Adam Phillips says «analysts, I think, of virtually every persuasion, have some sort of belief in or commitment to poetry as a convincing, truthful, life-enhancing eloquence.»

This seminar will involve close readings of a diverse group contemporary poets, examining both the form and content of their work, in order to better appreciate the rich, «life-enhancing eloquence» and meaning of their poems. Seminar participants will also have the opportunity, if desired, to write poems of their own, as each session will end with an optional take-home writing prompt, based on the poems examined in that evening's meeting. Participants who wish to deepen their understanding of contemporary poetic practices may also elect to receive feedback on their poems from Kathleen Heil by signing up for the course with the manuscript consultation package; this supplement is open to writers of all levels of experience.

A different poet will be given a close reading at each meeting, with time for discussion among seminar participants. The poets whose work will be read are:
Sarah Arvio
Carl Philips
Natalie Diaz
Gregory Orr

Copies of the poems to be provided and read in-person at each session.

Individual descriptions of our meetings:

1. Tuesday, February 6, 19:00 — 20:30
Dream States & the Sonnet
read and discuss poems by Sarah Arvio
(copies to be provided and read together at the session)

Introduction to Night Thoughts: Contemporary Poetic Practices. Over four sessions, we will examine the role contemporary poetry plays in addressing and shaping psychic, emotional, existential, and dream states.

How does dream interpretation lend itself to poetic compression, and in what way does the sonnet give form to dream states?

Sarah Arvio, a poet and translator, wrote night thoughts: 70 dream poems & notes from an analysis, after undergoing psychoanalysis to address a disturbing personal episode.

A take-home writing prompt will be given at the end of the evening, for those who wish to explore in greater depth the material examined by writing a poem of their own.

2. Tuesday, February 13, 19:00 — 20:30
Contemplation & the Natural World
read and discuss poems by Carl Phillips
(copies to be provided and read together at the session)

In this evening’s session, we will look at what the external environment has to offer in illuminating internal states. How does the physicality of the natural world come alive through language, and how does this enlivening of environment bring us into greater contemplation of our existence?

Carl Phillips, the current head of the Yale Younger Poets series, is the author of a dozen volumes of poetry and two works of criticism. His poetry is noted for its dynamic range and associative precision.

A take-home writing prompt will be given at the end of the evening, for those who wish to explore in greater depth the material examined by writing a poem of their own.

3. Tuesday, February 20, 19:00 — 20:30
Traditions & the Narrative
read and discuss poems by Natalie Diaz
(copies to be provided and read together at the session)

In this evening’s session, we will look at how traditions provide material for making sense of one’s narrative—whether they are linguistic, cultural, personal, or historical. How does storytelling speak to particularity and universality of our experiences, and what strategies exist for telling stories within the poetic tradition?

Natalie Diaz is Mojave and a member of the Gila River Indian community in the U.S. Her first book of poetry, When My Brother Was an Aztec, draws on personal narrative and cultural traditions using rich, inventive language.

A take-home writing prompt will be given at the end of the evening, for those who wish to explore in greater depth the material examined by writing a poem of their own.

4. Tuesday, February 27, 19:00 — 20:30
Transformation & the Lyric
read and discuss poems by Gregory Orr
(copies to be provided and read together at the session)

Robert Frost called poetry a ‘momentary stay against confusion,’ and in this evening’s session, we will explore the transformative power of poetry as it relates to Gregory Orr’s lyrics. How can one make sense of traumatic events through writing, and what does the lyric tradition offer for situating individual suffering within a broader context?

Gregory Orr, the author of more than ten books of poetry, is considered a contemporary master of the lyric tradition. At age twelve, he accidentally killed his brother in a tragic hunting accident, an event that his family was never able to discuss. Orr’s poems speak to that which is deemed unspeakable with clarity and generosity.

A take-home writing prompt will be given at the end of the evening, for those who wish to explore in greater depth the material examined by writing a poem of their own.

Led by Kathleen Heil, a poet and educator with an MFA in Creative Writing & Translation. Prior to moving to Berlin, Heil taught contemporary poetic practices at the University of Arkansas. Her poems appear in The New Yorker, Beloit Poetry Journal, Fence, Diagram, and many other publications. More at kathleenheil.net.

Full seminar series, 4 sessions (regular price): 50 Euro
Full seminar series, 4 sessions (student price): 30 Euro
Individual seminar session (regular price): 15 Euro
Individual seminar session (student price): 10 Euro

There is a possibility that participants choose to attend the full seminar series (4 sessions) and a craft manuscript consultation after the finish of the fourth session (written feedback on 5 pages of poetry of the participant's choosing [max. 5 poems], with an in-person 30 minute consultation with Kathleen).

Full seminar series plus consultation (regular price): 100 Euro
Full seminar series plus consultation (student price): 80 Euro

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