Workshop Conductor: John Wall Barger

Saturday, June 8th, 2-5 pm, MacOdrum Library 583, (Archives & Special Collection)

Program Fee $40

Reduced Fee (for underemployed, students, seniors, or economically disadvantaged) $20

Workshop size: 12

Playful writing exercises and enthusiastic discussion meet in this engaging workshop by successful poet, John Wall Barger. What is the underglimmer in your poetry? The Japanese poet Bashō said that, if you succeed in leaving your ego out of your poem, “Your poem will well-up of its own accord when you and the object become one, when you dive deep enough into the object, to discover something of its hidden glimmer.” This “hidden glimmer” has been widely translated as “the underglimmer.”

John Wall Barger’s poems appear in American Poetry Review, Rattle, The Awl, The Cincinnati Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and Best of the Best Canadian Poetry. His poem, “Smog Mother,” was co-winner of The Malahat Review’s 2017 Long Poem Prize. His fourth book, The Mean Game, is coming out with Palimpsest Press in spring 2019.  He lives in Philadelphia and is an editor for Painted Bride Quarterly. 

If you are interested in reserving a seat for this small workshop, please email the workshop organizer, D.S.Stymeist, President of VERSe Ottawa, (dstymeist@yahoo.ca).