The 24PearlStreet online writing program, which is part of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, provides students with the opportunity to work on their craft wherever they are, year-round. Keetje will be teaching a 4-week virtual asynchronous course called “The Pleasures of Peril: Writing Poems on the Brink”:
What does it mean to not just write towards the things that scare us, but to write about them in a way that unsettles? And how can insisting on making ourselves uncomfortable in the process of composition provide a sense of startling free-fall for our readers, too? A complacent and competent poem is a forgettable poem. So while you may have been encouraged in the past to polish your poems to a smooth shine, we’ll instead spend our four weeks concentrating on finding the “rumble strips” in your work—those places where interruption, questioning, and uncertainty create a reverberation in your poem that unsettles both the writer and the reader. We’ll accomplish this through the adventures of rigorous reading, daring drafting, and thoughtfully uncomfortable revision that asks each of us to dig into those places in the poem that don’t sing, but instead whistle a high, discordant note. You’ll walk away with several new poems-in-progress, as well as a fresh appreciation for writing on the edge.