First, thanks to all of you who offered input into what workshop format would best suit you and your current writing needs. I write with an invitation to one last poetry gathering for 2019, and I'm re-enlivened for this offering after attending the Boston Book Festival yesterday, and connecting in creative community.
The day began with “Poetry at the Extremes” and I needed what Robert Pinsky said about hope being intrinsic in our poems about despair. What Martin Espada said about his students’ despair giving him hope, Maggie Dietz saying hope lives in a poem’s form and in the way poems transform their content. Richard Blanco reading his persona poem giving voice to the Rio Grande in his and her despair. I needed what Nick Flynn read in the panel on "Poems of Loss and Bewilderment" and his reading “Killdeer”: “Like us it has lived so long / on scraps, on what others have / left behind, it thinks it could live / on air, on words, forever almost, / it thinks it would be better to let / the predator kill it than to turn / its back on that child again, / forgetting that one lives inside / the other.” I talked to publishers I’m both waiting to hear from, and planning to submit to. I saw one of the Berklee students I’ve helped with her English perform innovative instrumentals on the flute with her trio. And in the afternoon, I stood in the Sukkah outside the church where Nick Flynn read, celebrating abundance, after wandering for what has felt like months in wilderness and so much wondering if I’m doing this poetry thing right.
I look forward to sharing this renewed sustenance with you---through collective ideas, familiar and new to me poets, and hopefully new to you poems---in one more workshop this November:
THE ART OF ALCHEMY: POETRY & SUSTAINABILITY IN A 21st CENTURY WORLD
In a fast paced 21st century world that challenges our ability to reconcile sacred alongside secular, how can embodiment practices & poetry alchemize the sacred, mundane & profane experiences of our heads and hearts into meaningful art? How can our life experiences and our creative writing connect us more deeply to ourselves, each other, and something larger? In the way that the body is a vessel for experience, poetry and creative writing are vehicles for expression, connection & emotion. We can use the awareness and expanded perspective we gain in combining mindfulness, embodiment practices, and self-compassion with our poetry to uncover our beauty, experience the innate sacredness of our humanity, and integrate the material of our lives more fully into a deepened sense of wholeness.
By the end of this workshop, you will have generated a few drafts of new poems or revised others, and honed both poetry craft and self-care skills to sustain your own creative writing practice. You will have continued to cultivate a relationship with your own authentic voice, and will have new tools to care for mind, body & spirit in a beautiful and overwhelming 21st century world.
DATE: FRIDAY NOVEMBER 15, 2019 5PM-8PM
INVESTMENT IN YOURSELF & YOUR POETRY: $75
LOCATION: 262 WASHINGTON STREET, BOSTON MA, 02116
We'll limit the group to 12, so if you're in, drop me a line (just hit "REPLY") to reserve your spot.
In Poetry & Creative Sustainability,