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SURREALIST POETRY EXPLORATION

This workshop will explore the surrealist movement in poetry. After an introduction you will touch on your own subconscious through auto-writing to craft a poem. 

Surrealism

An artistic philosophy that took hold in 1920s Paris and spread throughout the world in the decades that followed. André Breton outlined its aims in his Surrealist Manifesto (1924), affirming the supremacy of the “disinterested play of thought” and the “omnipotence of dreams” rather than reason and logic. Breton and his colleagues were inspired by Freudian psychoanalysis and its emphasis on the power of unconscious thought. Through “automatic writing” and hypnosis, artists could free their imaginations to reveal deeper truths. The French poets Charles BaudelaireArthur RimbaudGuillaume Apollinaire, and Pierre Reverdy embodied early surrealist principles, as did Peruvian poet César Vallejo. Surrealist practices were also used in the visual arts, particularly in the paintings of Max Ernst, Salvador Dali, Joan Miró, and René Magritte, and in the films of Jean Cocteau. A second generation of surrealist writers emerged in other parts of the world, especially in Latin America; see the poems of Pablo Neruda and Octavio Paz. The surrealist aesthetic has influenced modern and contemporary poets writing in English as well; James TateJohn Ashbery, and Michael Palmer are notable examples.

From Poetry Foundation.

Earlier Event: October 14
CREATING YOUR OWN DOCUMENTARY VIDEO II
Later Event: October 21
MEMOIR AND MEMORY: WRITING YOUR STORY