Repeat After Me: Working with Repetition (Living Room, Tuesday 5.22.12 7P)

From Anthony Warnke:

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As I’ve begun to read Gertrude Stein in depth for the first time and reflect on some of my own favorite poetry, I have become increasingly aware of the power of repetition. Sometimes, it seems, the right new word is the word right behind it. In tonight’s Living Room, we will explore how we can use repetition as a tool to revise poems that seem stuck and engage various strategies of repetition to generate new work. First, we will examine repetition in terms of sound, images, and wordplay in poems by Stein, Anne Waldman, Lisa Jarnot, and others. Then, we will engage in several exercises exploring the use of repetition. If you think it might be helpful, bring a poem in progress that you think could use revision via repetition exercises. And as always, bring in eight copies of a poem that you would like to workshop.

Writers of all ages, backgrounds 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. Copies are no longer provided by SPLAB.

Living Room happens @ 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.)

About Splabman

Poet/interviewer Paul Nelson: Founded: SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival Wrote: American Sentences (2015), A Time Before Slaughter (2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme Editions, Brazil, 2013). His 2015 interview with José Kozer was published in 2016 (Ranchos Press) as Tiovivo Tres Amigos. Interviewed: Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, Diane di Prima, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Brenda Hillman, among others and is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia, including the festival, a MOOC (Innovative Cascadia Poetry), interviews with Cascadia poets indigenous elders and activists, and the anthology Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia. Paul is co-editor of that anthology as well as 56 Days of August the poetry postcard anthology and writes an American Sentence daily. *MOOC = Massive Open Online Course
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