Poetry as Fire Escape

“The poem, like the fire escape, as feeble and thin as it is, has become my most concentrated architecture of resistance. A place where I can be as honest as I need to.” 
– Ocean Vuong
Beauty and violence have always existed in equal measure, but our daily news cycle often favors the latter. In this writing workshop, we’ll explore the work of writers like Ocean Vuong, Nikkey Finney, and Suheir Hammad. We’ll examine how poetry serves as a container for processing acts of violence and the ways in which we can use language to translate our existing reality and ultimately create a new one.  

“The poem, like the fire escape, as feeble and thin as it is, has become my most concentrated architecture of resistance. A place where I can be as honest as I need to.” 
– Ocean Vuong

Beauty and violence have always existed in equal measure, but our daily news cycle often favors the latter. In this writing workshop, we’ll explore the work of writers like Ocean Vuong, Nikkey Finney, and Suheir Hammad. We’ll examine how poetry serves as a container for processing acts of violence and the ways in which we can use language to translate our existing reality and ultimately create a new one.