The Unsayable – Rilke, a generative workshop


  • Ben Fama
  • Bianca Stone
February 17th, 24th & March 3rd & 10th
from 1-3:30 EST

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The Unsayable – Rilke, a generative workshop

Rilkean Heart

Rainer Maria Rilke, Course Syllabus

A 4-week reading group and workshop led by Bianca Stone and Ben Fama, centered on the works and enduring ideas of the German-language lyric poet Rainer Maria Rilke. We will read Letters to a Young Poet, the Duino Elegies, and selections from various other works including the Sonnets to Orpheus, Rilke’s semi-autobiographical novel The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Bridge, and the Unknown Rilke translated by Franz Wright. We will provide writing prompts, exercises, and workshop student poems each week.

Recommended books:

Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus translated by Stephen Mitchell
Letters to a Young Poet tr. Stephen Mitchell
The Unknown Rilke tr. Franz Wright

About Ben Fama

Ben Fama is a writer based in New York City. He is the author of Deathwish (Newest York, 2019), Fantasy (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), and the chapbooks Odalisque (Bloof, 2014), Cool Memories (Spork, 2013), New Waves (Minutes Books, 2011), and Aquarius Rising (Ugly Duckling Presse 2010). He is also the author of the artist book Mall Witch (Wonder, 2012). He is the cofounder of Wonder.

About Bianca Stone

Bianca Stone is the author of the poetry collections Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Tin House Book / Octopus Books, 2014), The Möbius Strip Club of Grief (Tin House, 2018) and What is Otherwise Infinite (Tin House, 2022). Her work has appeared in The New YorkerThe Atlantic and The Nation. She hosts the Ode & Psyche Podcast and lives in Vermont.

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The Unsayable – Rilke, a generative workshop

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