Living Room has been brewing with ideas about poetics lately—from the Dada-esque/anti-Dada primal sound poetry of Kurt Schwitters, to Anne Sexton’s reappropriations of myths, and new ways to look at Thanksgiving. All this has led some rich conversations, however at the expense of only being able to workshop a handful of poems in each session. This Tuesday, we’re getting back to basics—that is, back to discussing our own original work. After a brief discussion (and exercise?) on the use of wordplay to open up meaning (i.e. puns, anagrams, palindromes), we’ll be focused on workshopping our own poetry. Bring at least ten copies (if you can) of a poem you’d like to get some feedback on, and either some clichéd expression, phrase, or idea you’re interested in transforming through wordplay. Alex Bleecker is your fearless leader for the evening.
Writers of all ages and skill levels gather Tuesdays at 7P to read new work, the work of someone else or to just be in the engaging company of other writers. Your donation of $5 helps SPLAB continue our programming. Please bring 8 copies of the work you plan to read. If you do not bring copies, they are available for 10c.
Living Room happens in the new SPLAB in the Cultural Corner at 3651 S. Edmunds. (Look for the SPLAB sign on the wall and come inside.) We’re 2 blocks from the Columbia City Link Light Rail Station. (Parking is available on the school grounds.)