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Love and Other Poems with Nathalie Handal

In this workshop, we will explore love, and its lyrical parts—lustful and passionate, sexual and erotic, romantic and religious, spiritual and sinful—through writing exercises inspired by love poems written by poets from different periods and places. Readings will include excerpts from Egyptian, Greek and Roman erotic poems; Sufi, Chinese and Japanese elegies; poetry by Sappho, Catullus, Ono no Komachi, Nizar Qabbani, Pablo Neruda, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Emily Dickinson, and others. For centuries we’ve gone to love poems because we need them. This workshop, then, will explore age-old questions that continue to grip us: What is love? How much can we love and endure love? What does it ask of us? What is the role of poetry? What can it do? Is a love poem the closest voice to the heart, and can it resist violence? How do love poems that traverse the body, spirit, nature, and home inform us about our world and self, our heart and poetry? We will have the opportunity to write new poems, workshop our poem drafts, and journey to the heart of our poems—engaging in the ultimate act of resistance.

$95

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