Writing in Response to, or Against: the "Widerruf"

$65.00 Members
$75.00 Non-members

Widerruf, from the German ‘wider,’ which means against, contrary to, in the face of, or versus, counter, contra—and also, with. In this craft seminar, we’ll look at poems which are in dialogue with another poem or piece of writing, at writers in dialogue with another writer (living, dead, undead). Often these works recant, retract, redact, or revoke, but they are not parodies; they are deadly serious. The widerruf is for anyone who utters, who speaks, who writes. It is an act of resistance, of writing in dialogue with—and also talking back. We'll begin by looking at poems by Terrance Hayes, Harryette Mullen, Tyehimba Jess, and follow other conversant poetry threads, ending with a list of possibilities for exploring your own widerruf engagement.

Instructor: Diana Khoi Nguyen Learn More


Jun 16, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm