University of Arizona
The Deepened Image:
A Poetry Workshop
June 14–23, 2016
Drawing from Symbolist theories of writing, in 1961 poets Jerome Rothenberg and Robert Kelly coined the term "deep image"—inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca's notion of the "deep song"—to describe a poetry that liberated spiritual truths from the unconscious by using a surprising, potent, and unreasonable imagery. The style was championed by Robert Bly and became associated with his poetry and that of Galway Kinnell, W.S. Merwin, William Stafford, James Wright, and others. In this course we will read and discuss numerous deep image poems—influenced by Zen Buddhism, Jungian psychoanalysis, and Spanish surrealism—and enhance our own capacities for imagining in words. We will also consider the exciting work of young contemporary poets whose own imagistic styles ignite the page: Sherwin Bitsui, Camille Rankine, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, Ocean Vuong, and others.
Poetry Journal Launch
Launch Reading for Issue 1:
June 20, 2016
The University of Arizona Poetry Center
Reading their work from the inaugural issue: Samuel Ace, Joan Gibb Engel, Teré Fowler-Chapman, Sarah Kortemeier, Sean Rys, Robert Yerachmiel Snyderman, and Lucas Wildner!
Green Linden is an online journal with a twofold mission: to publish and foster excellent poetry and to give a portion of our proceeds to reforestation efforts. There are currently three trillion trees on the planet, but prior to human industrialization there were ten trillion. We feel an obligation to help restore the bounty from which we have all drawn.
Prize for Poetry
Capital City at Midnight
Capital City at Midnight is a testament not merely to a poet whose poems I want to see more of but of a poet whose line I want to see more of. There are new structures being dreamt of here, no matter how traditional the poems look on the page. This is a blueprint for something remarkable that’s on its way.”Judge’s citation: “There’s something about this voice that makes it impossible for me to put these poems down. It would be easy to say these are narrative poems, but that’s too simple and does them a disservice. These are poems that speak into you, they are worlds.