The Poetry Project


Invented, Found, and Forged: Forms as Refuge and Resistance — Master Class with Philip Metres

Poetry resists in two ways — on the level of political consciousness and on the level of form. What if poetry is a kind of resistance itself — anti-rhetorical, a state anterior to politics, the ground of opening into the possible? That is, a refuge. In this Master Class, we will consider new forms by innovative poets such as George Abraham, Marwa Helal, and Tyehimba Jess, and how they communicate something about the sort of world we meet and the sort of world we wish to make. Poets should bring in a poem that they’re working on that still is finding its form.