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WRITING AND READING THE TIES THAT BIND
a poetry workshop with Natasha Oladokun

As the great poet Gwendolyn Brooks said, “We are each other’s harvest: we are each other’s business: we are each other’s magnitude and bond.” In this workshop, we will write and read poems that interrogate connection across various forms of relationships, both interpersonal and societal. What binds us together, and estranges us, and why? What power dynamics and privileges determine who is “other,” whether with regard to race, gender, class, or sexual orientation? What is the difference between proximity and earned intimacy? What does love have to do with any of this? Together, we will engage with poems that ask us difficult questions about the nature of love, power, and bondedness between us as human beings.

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