POEMS ABOUT ART: HISTORY AND MAKING
with Jennifer Nelson
A one-day online seminar held over Zoom.
3pm to 6pm EST
Saturday, January 16, 2021
There is a long history of writing poems about art, a tradition known in cultures that claim heritage from ancient Greece as "ekphrasis." After major late-twentieth-century Anglophone interventions in ekphrasis by poets like John Ashbery and David Dabydeen, recent projects by Robin Coste Lewis, Brian Teare, and others have transformed the tradition yet again. In this seminar we will talk about what ekphrasis has been, what it should be, and how we can make our own ekphrastic poems as productive as possible amid the evils and goods of the world.
Participants should be able to navigate Google Drive and Google Docs in order to share work and collaborate with each other. They should also acquire and (re)read a recent book of poetry with a significant ekphrastic component prior to the workshop (a list of suggestions will be provided).
* Limited to 12 participants, on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Jennifer Nelson is the author of Aim at the Centaur Stealing Your Wife (UDP) and Civilization Makes Me Lonely (Ahsahta) as well as the forthcoming Harm Eden (UDP). She is also an assistant professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of Disharmony of the Spheres: The Europe of Holbein's Ambassadors (Penn State UP; now available in paperback).
instructions for accessing the Zoom link for the seminar will be sent to registered participants by email.