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CANCELLLED: JP Monthly Meeting: Drawing out the Words: Harmonizing Sight & Insight

  • St John Fisher College 3690 East Avenue Rochester, NY, 14618 United States (map)



How do found words find & shape us?

Going back to Plato’s idea of art as imitation, and Horace’s advice for poets to learn from painters, this workshop "draws" on models of poems and art to explore fresh approaches that tap into our creative juices.  "Found poems" include the cento and erasure poems, but exist in everyday images and words.

Our presenter, Kitty Jospé...

Our presenter, Kitty Jospé...

Kitty will present  examples of how to examine and apply possibilities of the elements of poetry and art (sound, placement, images)  and how they “draw out” meaning. Included the Golden Shovel, a form invented by Terrance Hayes, as well as other opportunities to create patterns and portraits. 

An example of the Golden Shovel:  line up a favorite line with each word as the last. The workshop will use Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, so apply the technique to the first line of his play:

If music be the food of love, play on.
Six days point towards a week if
that's how you want to think.  Music
can also tap the beat of  time so that it be
known in half dozens of oysters—the food
(aphrodisiac they say) of love.
How do you wish to play
your one wild life?  So much depends on

This unfinished potential poem—instead of using 100 lines from different sources, like a cento, borrows a line then rearranges the words. To prepare for the workshop, try If music be the food of love, play on – or bring a favorite line to share. 

As usual, bring 8 copies of a poem you are working on for our group workshops that run after the program (from 3:00 to 4:00 pm).

We'll meet in the COP Conference Room, on the second floor of the Campus Center.

Earlier Event: December 17
Holiday Readers Theater