Dear Poetry & Embodiment Tribe~
I hope this note finds you all well, warm, and with visions of poetry dancing through your heads. Since I've written last, I've taught a few poetry workshops at Malden High School on behalf of Mass Poetry, connected with GrubStreet on my Spring 2020 poetry class offerings, and successfully machine washed my sequined jeans. The last one might seem trite, but it truly does feel like a poetic feat.
I write you all with my own 2020 vision built partly from my imaginings, your varied locations and suggestions, my inspiration by all of you every time we gather for in-person workshops, and my growing propensity to create a virtual offering. I've heard from some of you who live farther away that you'd love to study in creative community, but the physical distance makes it preclusive. I'm building a 6 week online poetry & embodiment course where we'll gather in poems around a virtual campfire. Each week, I'll offer a craft-focused lesson and writing prompt, poem readings that give voice to the body in its myriad experiences of trauma, war, grief, hunger, healing, and wonder, along with a self-care & embodiment practice via Google Drive. We will meet weekly for 1-1.5 hours via video conference to review the craft topic that week, and talk any questions you have in regards to your poem-making, and/or your process. We'll workshop weekly: you'll upload your poems to Google Drive, and be paired with a partner for peer-edits. Each poet will be workshopped 3 times by the entire Tribe. Poets we'll study include: Juliana Spahr, Natalie Diaz, Joy Harjo, Sharon Olds, Audre Lorde, Yousef Kouminyakka, Gregory Orr, and Nick Flynn.
We'll have supportive deadlines, and our feedback and critique will operate around that same constructive intention---both to support ourselves and each other in his/her/their poetic process, and our poems in their creation and evolution. I'm exploring the option of recording sessions so you can listen & watch later if the live time isn't convenient for you. That said, I'm hoping the proposed time is one when most of the group can live-attend.
If this resonates with you, claim your spot below. We'll limit the group to 12 and if you're on this list, you have first dibs. I'll open it up to others later this week.
6 WEEKS, 6 POEMS OF EMBODIMENT
COURSE DATES: JANUARY 5-FEBRUARY 16
LIVE CAMPFIRES: WEDNESDAYS,
JANUARY 8-FEBRUARY 12 5:30-7PM EST
INVESTMENT IN YOU & YOUR POEMS: $485
As always, feel free to email me with additional questions.
To Poetry, Sustainability & Embodiment,