Please note all times listed are Saskatchewan time. This workshop will not be recorded.
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.
Samantha Jones (she/her) lives and writes on Treaty 7 territory in Moh’kins’tsis (Calgary), Alberta. She is a magazine and journal enthusiast with writing in THIS, Room, Grain, CV2, Watch Your Head, Arc Poetry, GeoHumanities, and elsewhere. Her visual poetry chapbook, Site Orientation, was published by the Blasted Tree in the spring of 2022. Sam is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Geography at the University of Calgary and holds a Certificate in Creative Writing (Continuing Education) from the same institution. She is a white settler and Black Canadian and enjoys developing workshops that highlight diverse stories and diverse writers.
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