Rilke, in his third sonnet to Orpheus, argues against the notion that the poetic education is born of the discovery and cultivation of one’s poetic voice. His claim that real poetry is born of listening asks the question to whom or to what? In this workshop we’ll read and consider poems that evoke poetic voices beyond the personal and the singular and practice the sort of careful listening Rilke and others advocate: the sort of listening that leads to what Lorca calls duende. What Etheridge Knight calls belly and what others call the tradition of the Blue Flower. This listening will act as impetus for the poems you will write as part of the workshop, poems that mingle your own sensibility with the voices traveling through you.
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