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.

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Philip Metres

Philip Metres is the author of ten books, including Shrapnel Maps (forthcoming 2020), The Sound of Listening (essays, 2018), Sand Opera (poems, 2015), Pictures at an Exhibition (poems, 2016), I Burned at the Feast: Selected Poems of Arseny Tarkovsky (translations 2015), and others. His work has garnered a Lannan fellowship, two NEAs, six Ohio Arts Council Grants, the Hunt Prize, the Beatrice Hawley Award, two Arab American Book Awards, and the Cleveland Arts Prize. He is professor of English and director of the Peace, Justice, and Human Rights program at John Carroll University.