This poetry and poetics workshop was designed to respond to the archival material used for Denise Ferreira da Silva’s & Arjuna Neuman’s film, 4 Waters: Deep Implicancy. Individual and group writing exercises and brief guided discussions elaborated on four floating concepts – intuition, content, composition, form – in relation both to the archival material and the poetry deriving from the activities and conversations; and participants' direct engagement with the thought of Denise and Arjuna contributed to and extended the archive in reading, producing, thinking and sharing the poetry that was created.
More information on 4 Waters: Deep Implicancy here
More information on the workshop here
Image: Workshop Documentation for Preservation and Formlessness: A Poetry and Poetics Workshop led by poet James Goodwin, Courtesy of The Showroom 2019.
James Goodwin is a poet and PhD student in the Department of English and Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London. His research is focused on blacksociopoetics of marronage, breath, sacrality and emanation – an approach to reading applied to a poetic, philosophical, theoretical, critical and ethical understanding of the social life of poetry. Goodwin recently participated in Breaking into the Forbidden online fundraiser presented by Ignota Books featuring poets from the UK and North America to mourn, witness, dream, nourish and celebrate black life. His pamphlet, aspects caught in the headspace we’re in: composition for friends, is forthcoming with Face Press.