The Poetry Project


drinking strange water with Ian Dreiblatt

In this workshop, we will read poetry that emerges from experiences of exile, migration, dispersal, and displacement, as well as generate and share our own texts that respond to these poems. Considering work by writers including Badr Shakir al-Sayyab, Ovid, Dionne Brand, Georges Perec, Granaz Moussavi, Osip Mandelstam, Asiya Wadud, and the authors of the Bible, we’ll tarry together in the question of how poets have written from and through exile and displacement, and what the work they’ve produced can tell us about the relationship between language, home, and elsewhere. We’ll also workshop our own writing, not through the lens of exile, but in a conversation vivified and complicated by the texts we’ve read together.