Candor Practice – Filip Marinovich


Over five sessions we will engage with the question of candor. What is it and how can it be practiced through poetry? What happens when we interpret Ginsberg’s “Candor ends paranoia” as a koan (zen riddle) rather than a slogan? How does the healing effect of candor manifest itself in your life and writing? What is its shadow side? Writing a letter to candor, what comes up? What secrets, public and private, can be mined in the making of poetry that energizes every molecule of being into a wakeful state? What are the risks, delights, and what is the magic of writing candidly? Does candor practice make candor perfect? Reading aloud from and working with the texts of The Heart Sutra, Foucault, Euripides, Ginsberg, O’Hara, Stein, Brecht, Notley, Myles, and others, and writing poetry at the roundtable ourselves, we will practice a candor through which there is nothing to attain, for the joy of the practice itself.

Filip Marinovich is the author of Zero Readership (Ugly Duckling Presse 2008) and And If You Don’t Go Crazy I’ll Meet You Here Tomorrow (Ugly Duckling Presse 2011).