In this workshop we will explore relationships inside music and poetry, the spiritual joys of appropriation, and how to unshackle ourselves from our own expectations and restraints. We will examine poetry of grief and of survival. We will look at poets overwhelmed by history. We will follow our instincts, and then we will open our notebooks and write. We’ll look to guidance from anywhere we can get it, but expect to talk about folks like Renee Gladman, Edwin Denby, Tisa Bryant, Frank O’Hara, Fred Moten, Memphis Minnie, Marina Tsvetaeva, Osip Mandelstam, Hoa Nguyen, Eleni Sikelianos, Ted Berrigan, Alice Notley, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, and many more. We’ll also venture off map, looking at influences outside of the name convention.