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We will consider the concept of bewilderment by examining how it is acted out in poems — either through syntax, accessing the duende, leaps into the unconscious, or simply circling around what is unsaid, unknown, unrealized. We will look for those moments in which we begin to stutter and stumble when talking about our poems — or when the poems themselves stutter — for these are the thresholds beyond which is the unknown, beyond which is the white space on the map. Please bring in a poem (not your own) that contains some aspect of bewilderment for you, with 16 copies to pass around.
Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.
If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.
If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.
If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.
Nick Flynn has worked as a ship's captain, an electrician, and as a case-worker with homeless adults. His most recent book is The Reenactments. His memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award.