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Advanced Poetics for Queer Voices (w/ Sean Patrick Mulroy)
“You cannot subvert knowledge until you have knowledge,” begins a famous quote by Louise Wilson, an influential professor of fashion and design whose protégées include Alexander McQueen and Louise Goldin. As members of the LGBT+ community, we are often forced to live without knowledge of our collective history. What’s worse, we often feel compelled to justify our existence to others, without access to our heritage. As poets, too, we are likely to experience that need to justify ourselves, yet again without access to knowledge of our history.
Through this course you will acquire expertise in both poetic and queer history. The goal of our six weeks together is not just to make you a better writer, but to welcome you into a community of fellow queers. With lessons in prosody that go beyond the simple elements of meter, rhyme, metaphor and simile, you will learn about poetic forms used for centuries by cultures all over the world.
After becoming familiar with how these historical forms work, you will be encouraged to break them with purpose. You’ll learn about different historical schools of poetry, from the ecstatics and the romantics to the modernists and the beats, and what their work tells you about their era.
In addition, you will be introduced to a wealth of queer heritage, from writers and artists to activists and academics, deities, emperors, secret societies, and revolutionaries, all chosen to motivate and inspire you as you continue your creative journey. Poets and queers make up some of the most dangerous and exciting minds the world has ever known—come find out where you fit in!
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