Poets Raymond Patterson, Sterling Plumpp and Eugene Redmond read, accompanied by musicians Gwen Cleveland (vocalist), John Dooley (bass) and Bross Townsend (piano). Recorded April 28, 1993 Co-sponsored by 651/Kings Majestic Corporation (Full Audio: Approx: 1 hr 20 mins)
"Mermaid Song" is a thirty-three sonnet cycle of love, mythology, and transformation. Ama Codjoe is a poet and Cave Canem fellow with roots in Memphis and Accra. Her work has been published in the Tidal Basin Review, Cave Canem Anthology XII (Willow Books), and on the Feminist Wire.
This workshop will be composed of discussion and exercises designed to write toward darkness, secrecy, trauma, regret and, eventually, insight. Few poets actually heed the time-worn advice to "write what you know." Instead, we scrape stories from the surface of our lives, while ignoring the uncomfortable truths that we mistakenly believe have been paved over and forgotten. Writers are among the fortunate few who have access to the whole of their lives. This workshop will teach us not to be afraid of that blessing.
Do you want to begin writing poetry for the first time? Or resume writing after a period of silence? Or write in a different way than you have been? Or, do you want to write but can't find the time or way to begin? Then register for this class. We'll experience some peaceful silence and practice receptivity. We'll also write together in class and read amazing poems written by other people. Employing syntax, diction, image, metaphor—techniques learned by reading—we'll write poems that bring us somewhere we never thought to go.