reg e gaines, a two-time Tony Award nominated playwright and Grammy Award nominated lyricist, returns to Bowery Poetry to present a 5-week workshop, Imagery, Efficiency, and Poetry in a Digital World, starting September 16th.
Poetry has been bombarded by digital “brain-dead rotation devices" that offer countless visuals for our viewing enjoyment. These visuals are weakening our ability to create imagery in our poetry. In a sense, the smartphone, tablet, and laptop have become the poet’s opposition. In this workshop we explore new views on imagery and how to create “word pictures” and “spoken melodies" to be both read and said. We also analyze the efficiency needed when using language to help strengthen both the reader's and the listener’s attention span. Performance is today’s catchword, but experience has taught me that imagery and efficiency are crucial to brilliant oral interpretation. Pictures and melodies will be key in keeping your audience, whether reader or listener, from reaching for their “brain-dead rotation device.”
reg e's workshop will take place September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14 from 12-2pm at Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, New York, NY, and is open to poets, writers, and artists of all levels of experience. Registration is $295.