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Writing One's Road workshop w John Roche

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Writing One's Road
Workshop with John Roche


Saturday January 18, 2014-  1 to 4 pm  (3 hours)

at the Poetry Playhouse - 1814 Old Town Rd NW, Albuquerque,  NM 87104

Utilizing the creation of his poetic memoir Road Ghosts as model, John will lead participants through a series of exercises designed to explore their own life stories. With brief discussion of some of his influences (Whitman, Kerouac, Olson, Sanders, etc.), John will suggest ways to take poetic memoir beyond the merely confessional and into the realm of document, living history. Finally, we'll consider how reading can "give wings" to one’s life story and place it on the skyway, the bardic path.

John's books "Road Ghosts" and "The Joe Poems:  the Continuing Saga of Joe the Poet" will be for sale at discounted rates for those that take this class.  Books are NOT required for this class, just as an option.


John Roche earned his PhD from SUNY Buffalo, studying with Robert Creeley and John C. Clarke. His first two full-length poetry collections are Topicalities(2008) and On Conesus(2005), both from FootHills Publishing. His latest book of poems, Road Ghosts, is available from theenk Booksthrough He also edited the collection Uncensored Songs for Sam Abrams(Spuyten Duyvil, 2008), co-edited with Patricia Roth Schwartz an anthology of poetry by inmates at Auburn Prison called Doing Time to Cleanse My Mind(FootHills, 2009), and edited Martha Rittenhouse Treichler’s Black Mountain to Crooked Lake: Poems 1948-2010, with a Memoir of Black Mountain College(FootHills, 2010). Dr. Roche is an Associate Professor of English at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.



What other writers are saying about Road Ghosts:


An unexpected treasure, Road Ghosts is an on-the-ground poetic document of radicalized students coming of age in the late ‘60’s and early ‘70’s. Its clarity of external and internal detail is often startling.  Its detached camera eye lucidly documents the process of portent, pretense and Utopian fervor associated with that brief opening in U.S. dissident cultures and the generational clashes inspired by idealism, psychedelics and quest fever. It’s a profound personal essay on being and becoming.

         David Meltzer


John Roche’s Road Ghosts…well, I’ve never in my life been so vividly time-traveled through the rough and ready scenes of recent U.S. history. Evocation like no one else has ever done, you’re there. Philadelphia, Albuquerque, Berkeley, New York…all centered around the agonies of contemporary U.S. cultural – personal – survival. “But we’re still waiting for Joe the Poet/ waiting for his secret sign and saving word.” (Joe the Poet) What we have here is a re-creation of real America in real time, no messing around with style-games like most contemporary poets, but right between the eyes, almost like an overview film of the last 50-60 years of U.S. agony-culture-history.

        Hugh Fox