Three Millennia of Poetic Subversion
Explore the hidden secrets of the letters
Tap into the power of ancestral culture
Hone your interlingual dexterity
Prepare to be amazed
For a full course outline of the 2014 KlezKanada Poetry Retreat, click here.
For the third successful year, internationally acclaimed poets and performers, Jake Marmer and Adeena Karasick will be returning to host 4 days of lectures, discussions, master classes on writing and performance.The theme of the KlezKanada Festival this year is the “Yene Velt” – the dark side of the Ashkenazi mythic lore – dybbuks, ghosts, hallucinations, various spirits and undead elements. The Poetry Retreat will echo this theme presenting our own set of entrances into and encounters with the “other side”. If Kabbalists claimed that the greatest light is concealed in the deepest darkness, it is our assertion that poetry, too, finds its beginnings and motion in just such paradoxes and reversals.
Throughout the week, we will discuss the role of ghosts, golems, dybbuks and specters in and through writing: with topics ranging from the Babylonian to Beat. Talmud, Sefer Yetzirah, Humour Noir; Between Revelation and Nihilism; From the Anti-Semitic to the Semiotic; and the Poetics of Hauntology.
Participants will have the opportunity to engage in both solo and multi-vocal performance and work with musicians, dancers, experimenting across all disciplines. Last year, the works of our students were published in the Forward – a tradition we certainly hope to continue, expanding to features in other publications as well.