Start date: May 6, 2020

End date: May 27, 2020

Time: Wednesdays

Location: Online


This is an online class that will utilize an online forum and Zoom video conferencing.

Many teachers have transformed our lives. We pay homage to them. I am thinking now of poetry teachers – those writers who have laid a foundation of poetic achievement – and now, of how we can translate their work into a new work of our own. This is indeed an old and yet a popular methodology at the time. We take a text and then let it lead us into our own “translation” – or how we make our own work based on what we have read.

A definition: Transreading is a means of exploring how history, literature, philosophy, art generates and reshapes . . .

And this: In translating, the reader reads inside of the verse and sees like the physician, either its evident health of its hidden disease.

And this: “We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

For the month of May, I would like for us to “transread” four poets: Anne Carson, Mark Doty, Lorine Niedcker, and Billy Collins And if there is another mentor / poet that you would like to “translate,” please feel free to do so.

I will be sending texts that you may wish to translate / transform into your own.

We will also think about journaling – and how this can generate poems.

You may be interested how other have done this:

Our dates: May 6, 13, 20, 27.

Happy Writing,

Sue would like for students to make a donation to the Mobile Botanical Gardens instead of a class fee – Thank you!
If you would like to register, please email Jenni here

About Our Instructor:
Sue Brannan Walker
is Professor Emerita at the University of South Alabama where she served as Department Chair, Director of Creative Writing, and Distinguished Professor. She was Poet Laureate of Alabama from 2003-2012 and is currently the Editor / Publisher of Negative Capability Press. She is the author of ten books that include The Ecopoetics of James Dickey: A Study in How Landscape Shapes the Being of Man which won the Adele Mellen Award for its distinguished contribution to scholarship. Other books include: In The Realm of Rivers, Faulkner Suite, and Let Us Imagine Her Name, from Clemson University Press.

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