Using Exotic Fruits To Write Erotic and/or Sad Poems

This workshop is designed to invite your creative faculty to exploit and transform seed-bearing botanic vessels of fecundity and edible beauties into poems of literary delicacy. Through innovative prompts, your poems will be poetically harvested and fertilized and at times dehisced using bright, carnal instincts. We will be inspired and structured by jackfruits, rambutans, cherimoyas, kiwanos, guavas, golden berries, jujubes, etc. We will turn to these exotic fruits to generate verdant poems that will make readers cry and eroticize. We will also turn to our contemporaries, poets of fruit writing, for guidance, sadness, and delirium. By the end of the workshop, we will produce ten poems. Each with a leaf attached to its head.

Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 11 AM – 1 PM MST: Tucson, AZ

Tuition: $63 | Hosted by Casa Libre


Poetry is not a language of permission or relevance. It’s not a place you return to for inquiry or discipline. If you think poetry is designed to subdue or masquerade or make others breathless, I think you have come to the wrong place. You have arrived here because you have expected poetry to forgive you. But, there is no forgiveness here, just a stab in the darkness with eloquence. Please see writing poetry as a laundry mat, a place where you insert your lopsided, meandering, possibly dirty emotions and intellects into a side-way bowl and you watch them spin in a mad, vicious cycle and you think once you walk into this poetic space you will be soaked and cleaned or even blowdried or not deterred as in deterrent. But poetry here in this digital space or gap is not a mathematical investment in beauty or in despair or in the collection of coins. You are here because you are bored and not alive enough or too alive. You have arrived here because you believe in residue, in peppermint extract, in aluminum foil, in cold water, in medium heat, and you don’t want to shrink your imagination which has been wearing too many blue jeans lately. You learn very quickly that modern laundry detergents work better in cold water and that not all poetry is written in cold water for better effect. You are probably here because you want to smell good. You have arrived here, most accurately, because you want to wash your clothes. 

10-WEEK ONLINE WORKSHOP (July 5- September 6. 2018)

  • Maximum Class Size: 9

  • Tuition: $375

How often are we expected to meet?

Once a week for 90 minutes.

Are there prompts?


What if I don't like to write or read?

You are doomed.

Will there be a reading list?

Yes and this list will appear in the provided syllabus.

What to expect from the 10-week online workshop:

            *Writing exercises

            *Typed remarks on poems of all workshopped classmates.

             *Read all required text

             *Skype conference with instructor once during the course.


How do refunds work?

End of 1st week of class: 80% 

End of 2nd week of class: 50%

End of 3rd week of class: 0%

What does the instructor expect from her students?

Punctuality (be on time)

Openness (unlock your emotional wallet)

Honesty (face your fear nao rather than later)

Generosity (give more than what is asked of you)

Communication (voice your enthusiasms, concerns, and thoughts)

c.d. wright: her existence

Aykut Aydogdu: digital artworks

Lin Yung Cheng: photographs

Henn Kim: conceptual comic

Joyce Lin: negative chair

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