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
Led by Adeena Karasick and Hank Lazer
For the 4th successful year, KlezKanada Poetry Retreat is back! And this year, we are thrilled to announce that Hank Lazer will be joining Adeena Karasick, and together, they will host 4 days of lectures, discussions, master classes on writing and performance.
The theme for KlezKanada 2015 is di tsukunft, with a focus on Poland and on Y.L. Peretz. Di tsukunft (Yiddish for the future) historically was the name of both the Youth wing of the Bund (formally called “Yugnt-bund Tsukunft in poyln” – “Youth Bund the Future in Poland”) and the world’s oldest Yiddish literary journal. This years Poetry Retreat will celebrate KlezKanada’s 20th year by simultaneously looking ahead and at the past thinking through the “chrono-logi of the contretemps” focusing on Jerome Rothenberg’s Poland 1931, Czeslaw Milosz, Russian Futurism, writing through the photographs of 1937, through improvisation, litanies and intentions, and how language shapes meaning, on the stage and through the page.
Emphasizing the interdisciplinarity of poetry and encouraging its ongoing relationship to Music, Culture, Visual Art, Theatre, Dance, and New Media, in the afternoon, poets are invited to attend any of the other courses offered – music, dance, lectures, and Yiddish language classes.
Throughout the week, participants will have the opportunity to engage in both a solo and multi-vocal performance and create a chapbook of their work. culminating in publication in the Forward
(see http://blogs.staging6.forward.com/the-arty-semite/191417/jewish-poets-in-the-woods/ and http://blogs.forward.com/the-arty-semite/187497/music-and-the-laws-of-poetry/) – a tradition we certainly hope to continue, expanding to features in other publications as well.
POETRY RETREAT SCHEDULE
POETRY AND PLACE: POLAND
Rothenberg, Milosz, Rozewicz, Herbert, Szymborska. We will read and discuss a sampling of important modern/contemporary poems written in Poland and written about Poland. We’ll also consider how writing poetry itself constitutes and makes a place, and thus we’ll be thinking about how place manifests itself in poetry. We’ll have the great setting of the camp itself to test and inspire our writing.
INCANTATIONS, MEDITATIONS, AND LITANIES
Buddhist and Kabbalistic practice, alphabetic incantations, prayer, davening, chanting, and attention to breath. We will read, perform, and listen to each other, engaging in the magical properties of rhythm, repetition, nonsense, and elements of improvisation.
PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE
Repurposing the past: Polish postcard poems, Stein, DuPlessis, Jabès, Levinas, Gins, Fischer. How does poetry reside in the present? How does poetry help us to think toward and into a changing human future (and what might be a particularly Jewish perspective on that future)?
IMPROVISATION AND MOVING BEYOND INTENTION
Continuing our conversation on poetry’s peculiar capacities to reside in and to co-create a complex present moment, we’ll explore elements of improvisation – in jazz (Zorn, London, Marmer, Braxton), in performance (Karasick), and in shape writing (Lazer). We’ll explore and devise ways to perform pages of poetry and to write poetry that lends itself to multiple ways of performance.