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The Last Magic Words Left Profanity and its Power in our Lives and Writing

The Last Magic Words Left: Profanity and its Power in our Lives and Writing

Sat Dec 10, 2022

The Last Magic Words Left: Profanity and its Power in our Lives and Writing

Time Sat Dec 10 2022 at 03:30 pm to 04:30 pm

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Sims Library Of Poetry, 2702 West Florence Avenue, Los Angeles, United States

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“It takes a lot more than the word fuck to shock people.” -Wm Burroughs

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This one-hour workshop will encourage participants to examine and explore their emotions and feelings surrounding the last “magic words” left in society, the true “power words,” the dangerous words, the words we have been told are “dirty,” “offensive,” or “prohibited.”

In the tradition of Beat writers like Diane di Prima, William Burroughs, and Michael McClure, we will examine how the definition of “obscenity” and writers’ reaction to and use of it loomed large on the cultural landscape of the 20th Century. While we may seem to live in more liberated and tolerant times, the cultural war is anything but “cold” and words remain both potent weapons and medicine.

How we use them will determine what shape our shared culture will assume.

Words considered obscene or profane have a natural aura of power, oppression, and even a sort of “magic” about them, being culturally forbidden or at least frowned upon. They are used as invocations, supplications, or expressions of ecstasy or anguish. Overuse strips them of this incantory and arcane power.

Participants will collaborate both to define and collect examples contemporary “magic” words, in both cultural and individual contexts. We will foster a safe, tolerant, and encouraging space, as we each reclaim ownership and intention surrounding words that we use and have had used against us to objectify, demean, or judge.

By collecting and capturing these power-words, and thinking about how best to use or exclude them from our writing, we can strip them of their power to destroy, while still being able to appreciate and understand the power the hold and can add, when effectively used.

Opportunity for collaborative discussion and presentation of creative work will exist.



About PW Covington:

PW Covington is a widely published Indie writer and poet, that travels extensively performing live readings and conducting creative workshops.

He is the author of 5 full length poetry collections, a novel, and a non-fiction book focusing on PTSD recovery through creative writing.

His work has been published by University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, South Texas College, Our Lady of the Lake University, University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin, and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Covington has been featured as an invited reader at the Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival (McAllen, TX), The Havana International Poetry Festival (Cuba), and The Beat Museum in San Francisco, CA.

In 2019, his collection of erotica and short fiction, North Beach and Other Stories was named an LGBTQ Fiction Finalist by the International Book Awards.

A multiple Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee, PW Covington is a 100% service connected disabled veteran, and lives in northern New Mexico, two blocks off of historic Route 66.



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Sat Dec 10 2022 at 03:30 pm to 04:30 pm
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Sims Library Of Poetry, 2702 West Florence Avenue, Los Angeles, United States