From Silence to Poem
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Writing
Department: Writing Program
Course Number: NWRW 3204
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Beginning and advanced writers work on dismantling silences in their lives and generating poems from personal experience. We work in a safe, functional community to open hidden places within ourselves. The heretical Gospel According to Thomas says, "If you do not bring forth that which is within you, that which is within you will destroy you. If you bring forth that which is within you, that which is within you will save you." This notion informs our work together, enabling the writer to follow the poem's impulse in order to break old habits and write something challenging and difficult.