People Writing Poems ::
Breathing & Writing into the New
It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
of what is found there.
― William Carlos Williams, Asphodel, That Greeny Flower Other Love Poems
People Writing Poems :: Breathing & Writing into the New
Monday Eves: 6-8:30
January 6-February 10, 2020
(Make up or Free class Feb 17)
This New Year’s six-week writing session begins with writing and breathing.
You’ll look at the blank page as an empty canvas. You’ll warm up your imagination and find metaphors. Metaphor joins image and experience, as companions (a girl with her crescent tides). You’ll stand up for your creative writing practice through the reading of complementary texts (such as Charles Olson’s “Projective Verse”). You’ll write your own companion text to your poem. You’ll hold shells, rocks, and things in your hand and place them down, and write. You’ll write to music. You’ll doodle, tell your story. You’ll pick up the pen and wait for what’s next. (You’ll meet the challenge with delight). You’ll write going forward (push off the dock with your foot and glide). How do we support our creative practice? What is asking to be written now?
Writing poems is a way to sort out your moving days. Writing allows you to access personal rhythms, images, your voice and be touched by the poem itself. In return, the poem influences your mornings, afternoons, nights.
In this writing group each week you’ll receive prompts and write. You’ll share last week’s writing (or current project). You’ll read poets who write in different forms, leaning toward women writers, poets of color, and poets who stir your heart. You’ll receive weekly individual written feedback and reading suggestions from Katharine.
This poetry writing workshop is a gentle way to celebrate and share writing. The group can serve as sanctuary in these, our times.
~ read poetry (and be read to)
~ write poems as a practice
~ journey poems, list poems, small poems, place poems, found poems, haiku, hybrid, writing without looking. . .
~ weekly written editing & feedback about your poems
~ weekly poetry writing assignments
~ share your work
~ receive personal suggestions about poets and forms
~ see the worlds through a poet’s eye
~ bloom creativity
~ join friends in making stuff up
~ have tea and a little snack
Send directly through your paypal account or write Katharine to reserve your spot.
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