Chasing Light on the Page
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What if you moved through the world as if you were a supreme and scrumptious being who is easy to love? Like you had a language for joy for every occasion? Maya Angelou said “my mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” In this Poetry circle, we’ll discover poems and styles from Lucille Clifton, Ariana Brown, Chen Chen, Ross Gay, Mahogany Browne, and more, to see how they bring “light” to the page, from humor, to joy, to even a cackle. Each session we’ll do a deep dive on 2 to 3 poems, discover prompts, and then write together.
Cynthia Manick is the author of No Sweet Without Brine (Amistad, 2023) which received 5 stars from Roxane Gay, editor of The Future of Black: Afrofuturism, Black Comics, and Superhero Poetry, and author of Blue Hallelujahs. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, MacDowell, and Château de la Napoule. A storyteller at literary festivals, libraries, universities, and most recently the Brooklyn, Frye, and Rubin museum's, Manick’s work has been featured in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day Series, Brooklyn Rail, the Rumpus, and other outlets. She lives in Brooklyn, New York but travels widely for poetry.