ONLINE Silhouettes and Negative Space: Poetry Shapes and Blank Parts of the Page
Let’s talk about the other part of poetry—the negative space around the words. In this micro-workshop we will look at poems that use the shape of arranged words, lines, and stanzas to strengthen themes or add layers of meaning. We will explore how the silhouette of a poem can bolster key messages and we will look at how some poets have used empty space in or around their works to make a point or to add metaphor. In addition to discussing a few published works, we will create some poems of our own that employ visual aspects and we will tinker with a few approaches to creating verse that takes on a specific shape on the page. You will leave this workshop with ideas about how you can use negative space in your poetry writing, a draft of a visual poem (or the beginnings of a visual poem idea), and experience trying a few different approaches to visual poetry composition. What to bring: If you have a draft of a poem that you would like to add visual elements to, please feel free to bring it for the exercises. If not, that’s okay, you will have the opportunity to create something entirely new during the workshop.
This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.
Samantha Jones (she/her) is a Calgary-based poet of mixed European and Black Canadian heritage. She is a lit mag enthusiast with poetry recently published in The Anti-Languorous Project, Blanket Sea, CV2, Grain, MixedMag, New Forum, Parentheses Journal, Room, and The /tƐmz/ Review. Her words also appear in March 2020: A COVID-19 Anthology published by The /tƐmz/ Review and 845 Press, and in Tap, Press, Read, an anthology of Calgary area writers curated and published by Loft on EIGHTH. Samantha holds a Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Calgary and is currently a PhD Candidate in Geography at the same institution.