Re-Visions of the Future: Poetry and Ritual

Schools of Public Engagement: BPATS

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Re-Visions of the Future
Spring 2024
Taught By: Soje Lee
Section: A

CRN: 14597

Credits: 3

In Ancient Rome, diviners are said to have gazed into mirrors to experience hallucinations of the future. People all around the world continue to draw tarot cards to gain connective insight into their past, present, and future. Amidst the climate crisis, discriminatory technologies, and other violent projections of the future, how can we as poets borrow from divination practices to see ordinary objects and ourselves anew? Poet CAConrad, who devised the (Soma)tic Poetry Exercises, says, “Poetry and ritual are two ancient technologies that I can say firsthand can change our lives with their abilities to conduct discoveries and, yes, to also heal.” As a class we will read works from visionary poets who write about or with rituals, recipes, jokes, playlists, spells, dreams, fantasies, and more such as Franny Choi, CAConrad, Eve Ewing, Sarah Gambito, Ross Gay, Saidiya Hartman, Sky Hopinka, Han Kang tr. Deborah Smith, Tommy Pico, Claire Schwartz, Christina Sharpe, Danez Smith, Jackie Wang, and more. Students will also write in community against despair, with an emphasis on revision. We must believe that another future is possible. Even if the future feels already written, we can revise it.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: BPATS (BPAT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: Online - Synchronous

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:06am EDT 5/26/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm
Building: Online Course
Room: 999
Date Range: 1/22/2024 - 5/13/2024