"Oh, darling, let your body in, let it tie you in, in comfort." Anne Sexton 
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Dear Poets and Seekers~

I hope you all had some time to relax and renew over the holidays. For so many of us, the holidays can bring both joy and grief, and I hope if this was the case for you, you've offered (and been offering) yourself tenderness for holding these dual experiences.

This kind of complexity is what inspires so many of us to write poetry, and to continue to practice how to stay embodied  alongside challenging feelings.

In the words of Robert Hass:

"The metrical poem begins with an assumption of human life which takes place in a pattern of orderly recurrence with which the poet must come to terms, the free verse poem with an assumption of openness or chaos in which an order must be discovered. The free verse poem insists on the first stage of sensual attention, of possibility and emergence."  

Gregory Orr, (one of my favorite poets), also alludes to this "ordering principle" of poetry and the ways it can soothe us psychically and somatically. In an NPR interview, he said: "I believe in poetry as a way of surviving the emotional chaos, spiritual confusions, and traumatic events that come with being alive." 

If these sentiments resonate with you, I invite you to two upcoming offerings. The first is the 6 week online "Poetry and the Body" course which opens January 5th.

The second is a one day "Poetry and the Body" workshop being held at GrubStreet on Friday, March 6, 10am-5pm. 

The description for both gatherings and links to register are below. As always, hit "REPLY" and let me know if you have questions. I love hearing from you. 

Poetry and the Body 

How do our life experiences—sacred, mundane, and profane—shape our identity, and live within our bodies?

Our bodies carry our life experiences, and poetry can be a vehicle for exploring our relationship to our stories. 

Through our personal poetry we can deepen our understanding and appreciation of the diversity and complexity within us, and in those around us. From this place, our poems become part of a dialogue within a larger collective. 

In this class, we will experiment with craft tools like voice, imagery, point of view, language and form to support the self-exploration that gives rise to our unique, embodied voice.

 We will explore how our life experiences related to race, gender identity, war, trauma, hunger, addiction and healing can be explored through poetry, and held by our poems

By the end of this course or workshop, you will have generated a few drafts of new poems, and perhaps revised others. You will have deepened your craft knowledgeexplored new ways of approaching your poetry, and will have built new self-care skills to inhabit yourself and your writing life in renewed ways.


Poetry and the Body: 6 Week Online Course 
January 5-February 16

CLICK HERE for more info and to register

Poetry and the Body: One Day Workshop at GrubStreet
March 6, 10am-5pm 
CLICK HERE for more info and to register 

In Poetry, Sustainability & Embodiment,

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