S259. The Dream Work of Poetry

Room 22, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


"The dream," says Jean Paul Richter, "is an involuntary form of poetry." Four poets known for their dreamlike forms discuss how the work of dreams and the work of poems overlap through such shared techniques as metaphor and metonymic substitution, hyperassociation, parataxis, puns, and other wordplays, radical condensation and juxtaposition, multiple meanings, homophones, allusion, resistance to paraphrasable meaning, and granting of permission for strange and jarring new ways of making sense.


Bruce Beasley is a professor of English at Western Washington University and author of eight collections of poems, including All Soul Parts Returned and Theophobia. He has won three Pushcart Prizes, an NEA fellowship, the Colorado Prize for Poetry, and other awards and honors.

Brian Teare is the author of five critically acclaimed books of poetry, most recently Companion Grasses and The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven. An assistant professor at Temple University, he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.

Dana Levin is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Banana Palace. A recipient of honors from the NEA and the Library of Congress, as well as the Rona Jaffe, Whiting, and Guggenheim Foundations, she serves as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Maryville University in Saint Louis.

Saskia Hamilton is the author of three books of poetry, As for Dream, Divide These, and Corridor. She is also the editor or coeditor of three editions of letters, including The Dolphin Letters: Elizabeth Hardwick and Robert Lowell, and Words in Air.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center