Bodie or Bust

About the Bodie Project

Bodie is a ghost town in the Bodie Hills east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, California.  A group of poets are seeking to take on the ghosts, dress the past with their own bodies, and give history flesh.

Why write about Bodie?

Bodie is one of the loneliest places on Earth—what a better place for poems to meet?

Bodie is a template—

Bodie is a terrain and history full of ghosts. It is the ghosts this band of poets is interested in finding—we want to capture in poetry those eerie reflections of our own concentrated energies—our own desires.

Ghosts are not so different from personae. For this reason, the poets of the Bodie Poetry Project have chosen to inhabit the voices of the past to better understand our world today. We are in search of what haunts us—we want to understand what refuses to lie quiet in a grave.

The objectives of this project are:

  • To put poems (poets) in direct communication with one another
  • To push a poet’s writing potential into “uncharted territory”
  • To create a book that touches on all of the poetic traditions (with skill and sincerity)

Some potential concepts to explore:

  • What does a world without “norms” look like?
  • What is isolation and how does it differ from loneliness?
  • What is home when home is dangerous?
  • What is/was lost, overlooked, destroyed during this quick rotation of time?
  • What are race, gender, and money in Bodie?
  • What is love to misfits?
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