Apophenia is, “the tendency to mistakenly perceive connections and meaning between unrelated things”. In this poetry craft workshop, we will utilize this psychological phenomenon to explore its impact on the poet’s approach to crafting image. Through a variety of exercises complemented with examples, we will sharpen your ability to engage in “re-vision” and to generate imaginative associations. Themes that we will discuss include repetition, obsession, personification, and anaphora. In addition, we will briefly highlight the following forms: the cento, pecha kucha, ekphrasis, and diagram/visual poetry. Overall, this workshop will privilege the use of the surreal as a medium for giving voice to the unutterable, a window to grapple with trauma.
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