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Art of the Erotic Poem -- From Eros to Erosion

w/ Yuxi Lin

Jun 1, 2023
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM  (EST/New York)

Audre Lorde defines the erotic as “a measure between the beginnings of our sense of self and the chaos of our strongest feelings.” By writing about desire, we confront not only our greatest pleasures but also our deepest fears. In this generative craft class, we will discuss strategies of writing an erotic poem by studying the works of Jorie Graham, e. e. cummings, Anne Carson, and Sappho. We will also practice writing an erotic poem accompanied by a guided somatic exercise to help you attune to your physical senses.

Yuxi Lin is a Chinese American writer, AAWW Margins Fellow, and winner of the Breakout 8 Writers Prize. Her writing has appeared in Poetry, Longreads, The Southern Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She has received support from the Millay Colony for the Arts and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Yuxi received her MFA from New York University, where she was a Lillian Vernon Fellow.

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