Fearless Poetry: Composing Poems the John Cage Way

Cost: $75

Instructor: Cara Benson

Duration: Saturday 13 March, 12 NOON to 5PM

Capacity: 12 students

All I know about method is that when I am not working I sometimes think I know something, but when I am working, it is quite clear that I know nothing.  — John Cage

Father of an avant-garde, John Cage considered his work “purposeless play.” No frivolous pursuit, his process was “an affirmation of life…[a way to] wake up to the very life we are living, which is so excellent once one gets one’s mind and desires out of the way and lets it act of its own accord.” What can this mean for making poems? How do we get out of the way? Chance procedures, open field collaborative text-making, allowing the environment into the work, and absconding with source material are a few of the approaches we will take. In-class experiential writing, listening, and discussion.

Requirement: Prepare for nothing.