Utilizing the large sculptural park of Opus 40, this summer afternoon writing workshop will feature attention towards what the French theorist Gaston Bachelard once called “the poetics of space.” The first half of the workshop will address the experience of seeing, or sight, so important to Bachelard’s phenomenological and literary critique. What is “sight,” we will ask, in the terms of poetic image? How do we really see, and renew, our comprehension of “sight”—in an on-going, transformative, energetic and experiential way, one that is open to the “varieties” (Bachelard’s term) of human embodied experience in language. The second half of the workshop will incorporate exercises in embodied movement and sound into written work, again using the sculptural environment as both inspiration and also “respondent” to the writer-subjects doing this work. Come prepared with a favorite pen and easy-to-carry notebook (spiral is recommended for our “field work” exercises). For those of you with smart phones, you might also want to bring these to experiment with the software tools they offer for recording images and sound.