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Evanston Public Library
Church & Orrington
1:30-4:30 — ROOM 108 – Small Meeting Room
Peter O’Leary has published four books of poetry, most recently Phosphorescence of Thought. As Ronald Johnson’s literary executor, he has edited several volumes of Johnson’s poetry, most recently a new edition of Johnson’s masterpiece, ARK. In 2016, a new critical study, Thick and Dazzling Darkness: Religious Poetry in a Secular Age will be published by Columbia University Press. He teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and for the Committee on Creative Writing at the University of Chicago. With John Tipton, he directs the small poetry press Verge Books.
Topic: The Dynamic Image. In 1913, Ezra Pound defined the image as “an intellectual and emotional complex in an instant of time.” This amounted to a discovery. Subsequently, he would dynamize the image as the Vortex, “a radiant node of cluster… through which, and into which, ideas are constantly rushing.” By way of Ernest Fenellosa’s essay “The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry,” Pound would assert, “Things are only the terminal points, or rather the meeting points, of actions, cross-sections cut through actions, snap-shots… The eye sees the noun and verb as one: things in motion, motion in things…” In this workshop, we’ll focus on the dynamic image, looking at ways to summon it into poems and approaching it from unexpected angles, including the persona poem, the fragmentary poem, and the para-translation.
Bring 15 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued. $5 – $10 donation appreciated, not required.
This project is partially supported by grants from: Poets & Writers, the Illinois Arts Council and The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.