Be ready to engage a full embodiment of poetic response, moving across multiple dimensions of written expression, summoning language from the vastness of your inner and outer worlds, experience imagination reaching beyond the cerebral and into the sensory.
Using everything from fortune cookies to visual art, in this workshop, we’ll search for unexpected ways to tunnel into your poems, while allowing the writing to steer us to its best possible poetic forms, including micro-fiction and hybrids.
All writers are in a constant dialogue with everything that has been written before them. Our writing is shaped, consciously or unconsciously, by great literature and inherited culture. These influences are a rich mine of tradition that begs to be re-visioned and made fresh. This workshop will provide exercises that open writers to the possibilities of rediscovering their conscious and unconscious sources through poetry.
Día de los Muertos, retablos, and ofrendas will serve as models for our poems in this workshop. Altars create a sacred space in the home and are used as a place of prayer and worship, reflection and meditation or song. Join us in laying marigolds and sweet bread and whatever items or images are sacred to you upon the altars of our poems.
We each have a story to tell; that’s the easy part. Yet how do we move beyond the familiar trope of “Write what you know” and into “Write what you know is thrilling”? For poetry to matter, it certainly must be a conduit for Truth, but that does not necessarily mean the poem is a “true story”, or that the validity of the poem resides solely in autobiographical details. It means that once the reader finishes the piece, he or she has experienced a small miracle of transformation. Poetry is ultimately about communication, but it should also convey emotional risk that resonates so that the reader finds the experience impactful, or better yet, personal and profound.