Naked Poetry: Writing The Body with master teacher and poet Hope D. Johnson was phenomenal!. Naked Poetry: Writing The Body is clearly a provacative title. For those not aware of this poetic form it can send imaginations headed in so many directions of thought.The truth is many poets write in this form daily without actually knowing its name and origins. I was one of those poets. Naked Poetry it’s having the courage to disclose by exposing ones self. It’s writing in an authentic voice. It’s giving yourself permission to explore, identify and define in your voice what is intimate, sexy, sensual, raw and true. We employ the usage of language whether persona, imagery, metaphor and colorful phrasing etc.
I’m still reflecting and absorbing the magnitude of this workshop’s content. I am a fan of and student of craft. I appreciated the level of scholarship shared by Hope D. Johnson. Serious students, lovers and educators came together to learn and explore this form of poetry. We were eager to discuss this poetic form and to learn of its origins. In the interest of craft and understanding I’m sharing our instructor Hope D. Johnson’s actual outline for her workshop Naked Poetry: Writing The Body. Please keep in mind her work is protected and is part of her thesis. We can now proceed.
What is Naked Poetry? In 1969, Steven Berg and Robert Mazey termed poetic techniques “stripped of traditional literary forms and devices” as Naked Poetry (Poetry & The New Naked Poetry Anthology). Although the term Naked Poetry has been lost in time, its meaning and effects on poetic form and content still provide a clear gateway into contemporary poetry.
Hope D. Johnson discussed the metamorphosis of forms (free, organic, and open) which “break traditional rules” of poetry.
Utilizing poems about sex and the body. As stated in her outline she discussed the “naked” connections between contemporary art, music, and poetry.
Her goal was the discussion and practice of three Naked Poetic forms: 1) Free Verse; 2) Organic Form; 3) Open Form.
Our discussion focused on eroticism in poetry: sex in poetry, word choice, and “undressing” content in a poem. Hope D. Johnson went on to discuss the future of poetry – the narrative poem / the prose poem.
Thank you to our participating scholars who participated. I appreciate the passionate and incredible work shared. What do I know for sure? I know I was enriched for having attended and experienced Hope D. Johnson’s Naked Poetry: Writing The Body. Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. invited Hope D. Johnson to return and she has consented WootWoot!
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