Poetry Masterclass Workshop (Part 1)
Poetry as Ferocity: Writing your Truth with Radical Honesty
A Masterclass with Shivanee Ramlochan
What truths are your poems telling? I don’t mean the facts of figures and dates, though those have their own importance. I mean: if not for the reality of your poems, what truths would never be spoken at all? In Poetry as Ferocity, we’ll chart a course for radical honesty in verse, seeking to answer the questions, “What subterranean secrets lie buried in your own creative life? How can you excise the marrow of the poem, and grow stronger roots for your poems to anchor themselves?”
We’ll focus on close readings of work by female Caribbean poets Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné, Safiya Sinclair, Sonia Farmer, Lorna Goodison and Loretta Collins Klobah, drawing on their powerful, subversive work to amplify a better understanding of how honesty and ferocity function in poems. Using innovative exercises, we’ll unlock the most potent and purposeful ways to tell the truth our poems require from us. We’ll also discuss some of the real-life implications for ‘creating dangerously’, to channel the words of Haitian writer, Edwidge Danticat.
Poets have always, historically, been political agitators, rebels with causes, and fierce defenders of the right to wield uncomfortable truths. What are you wielding, poet? What truths do you bring to the table, ready and roaring to be told?
All participants will receive a reading list tailored to this course, as well as personalized feedback and critique on writing created during the workshop, either in session or as part of a take-home assignment. Individual instructor responses to participants’ original work is guaranteed*.
This masterclass will involve discussion of potentially triggering content, including sexual violence, assault and trauma. Content warnings will be issued at critical junctures during teaching.
This masterclass will contain strong language, and is suitable for adults only. Participants must be 18 years or older, and should be willing to share identification if requested. Participants must attend both sessions, and are required to be punctual.
*Work submitted more than one week after the masterclass has concluded will not be eligible for feedback.
Cost: TT$500.00 (for the series)
Participants must have had at least one poem of any length on any subject published in a print journal or online magazine. The poem does not need to be in a Caribbean journal or magazine to be eligible.
Please note registration sign up is for both workshops, so you are required to register once only. This covers sign up for all 2 workshop sessions. Participants are required to attend all 2 sessions.