If you’re following your GPS through an unfamiliar area, the last thing you want to hear is “rerouting…” followed by silence. In poems those unexpected detours and strange moments of unpredictability often challenge our imagination and deliver us to delightful (or haunting) destinations. Are these moments truly as anarchic or serendipitous as they feel—or are there ways we can adopt wildness into part of our poetic practice? In this class we’ll explore poems that utilize tools of disruption and how we can incorporate those tools into our own writing. Embracing the spirit of Robert Frost, we’ll set out on a quest to startle the reader and ourselves.
Junious “Jay” Ward is a poet, teaching artist, and Charlotte’s inaugural poet laureate. He is the author of Sing Me a Lesser Wound (Bull City Press, 2020) and Composition (Button Poetry, 2023), and is also a National Poetry Slam champion (2018) and an Individual World Poetry Slam champion (2019). Jay currently serves as a program director for BreatheINK and vice chair on the board of The Watering Hole. He has attended Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Callaloo, The Watering Hole, and Tin House Winter Workshop. His work can be found in Columbia Journal, Four Way Review, Diode Poetry Journal, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere.
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