Poetry Workshop on The Underglimmer, by John Wall Barger

Playful writing exercises and enthusiastic discussion meet in this engaging workshop by successful poet, John Wall Barger. What is the underglimmer in your poetry? The Japanese poet Bashō said that, if you succeed in leaving your ego out of your poem, “Your poem will well-up of its own accord when you and the object become one, when you dive deep enough into the object, to discover something of its hidden glimmer.” This “hidden glimmer” has been widely translated as “the underglimmer.”

The workshop will focus on the simple process of looking, and how as artists we can enhance the way we look. We’ll have lots of writing exercises and discussion. You will definitely come out with lots of new poems in your pocket!

The Workshop is for all levels. It’s focused on poetry, but every type of creator is welcome.

Three consecutive Wednesdays:
November 6th, 13th, & 20th
Where: A Novel Idea on Passyunk (1726 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia)
Cost: $85.00. Register at anovelideaphilly.com/events

Facilitator: John Wall Barger

John Wall Barger’s poems appear in American Poetry Review, Rattle, The Awl, The Cincinnati Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and Best of the Best Canadian Poetry. His poem, “Smog Mother,” was co-winner of The Malahat Review’s 2017 Long Poem Prize. His fourth book, The Mean Game, came out with Palimpsest Press in spring 2019. He is an editor for Painted Bride Quarterly.