Coming Up at The Barn
Join us for a renewing poetry workshop in the Catskills.
Jack Kerouac's 1958 novel Dharma Bums is a chronicle of some of the greatest Beat and Americana authors of all time. Poets like Kenneth Rexroth, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, among others, are all fictitiously portrayed in the Dharma Bums. This two-day workshop will adopt one of the novel's central points of inspiration—mountains. We will challenge ourselves, in the pursuit of inspiration, with a moderate hike on the Catskill's Ashokan High Point Trail near the Poetry Barn. By focusing on nature, and the simple, short, yet profound image, we will take notes for crafting poems during a morning hike and lunch on the mountain, followed by a late afternoon descent.
Though it emerged almost 800 years ago, this quiet poetic form has seized the hearts, pens, and imaginations of poets and readers ever since. What's so wonderful about it? In this workshop, we will read, write, and talk about sonnets in order to explore the form’s popularity and potential.