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Sunday, May 16 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Chaotic? Good!: Harnessing the Power of the Happy Accident in Your Poetry

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James Merrill used a Ouija board to commune with the spirits of the dead. He got 560 pages out
of it. French Surrealists described their dreams, Tracy K. Smith took an eraser to the Declaration
of Independence, and Jericho Brown writes lines on slips of paper that he slides around until
something interesting pops out.

In this workshop, we'll use techniques such as erasure, web-surfing, tarot decks, and more to
help attendees relinquish some control to outside forces (and the unconscious) during the
drafting and revision stages of their processes. This can create work that functions less by logic
than by juxtaposition, association, the element of surprise--what Robert Bly called poetic

Link to recording:  https://salemstate.zoom.us/rec/share/feAIO17e4v2bcUPSpZZOKif1AYahXShxenQ7mv-aF8plb3k6ZdwZrtcG3iUxsM6E.rhHGDgGXipdsD1rA

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Maria Pinto

Maria Pinto is a writer, educator, and mushroom enthusiast. She teaches at GrubStreet, reads for The Drum, and Peripheries, and has been awarded fellowships by Vermont Studio Center, The Writers' Room of Boston, The Mastheads, and Garret on the Green. Find her work in Frigg, Necessary... Read More →
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Emily Franklin

Emily Franklin’s work has been published in the New York Times, Guernica, the Cincinnati Review, New Ohio Review, Shenandoah, Blackbird, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Rumpus, Passages North, The Journal, and Cimarron Review. Her poetry collection Tell Me How You Got Here was published... Read More →
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Walter Smelt

Walter Smelt's poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Subtropics, Poetry East, Redivider, and Peripheries, and his translations of poems in The Battersea Review, and the Harvard Divinity Bulletin. Originally from Florida, he lives in Massachusetts and teaches English for Bunker Hill... Read More →

Maya Demissie

Maya Demissie’s work has appeared in Monologue Project, a student publication, and they are the news managing editor of The Newtonite, their school newspaper. They also co-host Miamas, a storytelling podcast for students at their high school.

Sunday May 16, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am EDT