This is a generative poetry workshop aimed at exploring and producing poems grounded in the body (or the physical experience). Memory is often bodily and can propel us into poems: the way your mother's hands rested on the steering wheel of the Oldsmobile, the slimy skin of a baby born in the backseat of a taxi, the dislocated shoulder that changed the course of a football player's life. We all have stories to tell about the body. We'll read and discuss a variety of contemporary examples and find new ways into poems through prompts that incorporate gallery paintings, sensory objects, and language games.
Alexis Orgera is the author of two books of poetry, How Like Foreign Objects and Dust Jacket, and a forthcoming memoir-in-fragments, Head Case. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Bennington Review, Chattahoochee Review, Hotel Amerika, New South, Sundog Lit, Third Coast and The Tiny. She is the co-founder of Penny Candy Books, an indie picture book press that aims to start big conversations between kids and their adults.