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Choosing Anger with Rose Strode

  • Femme Fatale 4620 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20016 United States (map)

Explore ways poets shape anger into poetry that crushes assumptions and refuses to reduce evil to stereotypes. Examine poems (by Ross Gay, Patricia Smith, Layli Longsoldier, and Craig Santos Perez) that illustrate how POV, dialogue, and repetition contribute to the creation/breakdown of identity in selected poems. Experiment with writing exercises for creating believable poems, and with breathing/movement exercises that raise awareness of rage as a bodily emotion. Discuss the role of compassion: not as a path to forgiveness, nor as a means of avoiding confrontation, but as a tool to keep the poetry of anger precise and honest. Please bring something to write with and on, and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. 

Rose Strode is a teacher, gardener, essayist, and poet whose work has appeared in Poet Lore, The Gettysburg Review, Little Patuxent Review, The Delmarva Review. Her most recent work is forthcoming in Minerva Rising. She is a recipient of the Undiscovered Voices Fellowship at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and the Sidney L. Gulick Fellowship at the Brauer Museum of Art at Valpariso University, Chicago. She is currently a student in the MFA program for poetry at George Mason University, and a volunteer gardener at a Buddhist temple.

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