Thinning the Veil: Risk, Intuition, and the Conjured Poem

Thinning the Veil: Risk, Intuition, and the Conjured Poem


Are you struggling to close the ordinary life and its myriad of distractions that keep you from entering a poetic state of mind, to listen to the other side, to the poem-spirits who knock on your door begging to be let in?

Celtic peoples of the British Isles long ago saw October as a liminal time, when the boundary between this world and the “otherworld” thins.  The spirits and fairies are summoned more easily and are particularly active. Together we’ll reach out to them for guidance as we walk beside the thinned mist. reaching back to retrieve what we thought we’d lost. 

We’ll heavily draw from texts such as Erica Jong’sWitches, Frazer’s The Golden Bough, Wolfe’s The Arthurian Quest, and Witchcraft Myths in American Culture by Marion Gibson, as well as the poetry of Sexton, Plath, Elizabeth Willis, Mary Elizabeth Coleridge and more, and conjure forth our own spell-poems each week.

October 1-28, Online

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Teaching Artist


Judith Roney

Judith Roney has created and taught writing workshops for adults challenged by mental illness in conjunction with the University of Central Florida’s Literary Arts Partnership. Her fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in numerous publications. Field Guide for a Humanwas a 2015 finalist in the Gambling the Aisle chapbook contest. Her poetry collection, According to the Gospel of Haunted Women, received the 2015 Pioneer Prize. A memoir piece, “My Nickname was Frankenstein,” is nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She confesses to an obsession with the archaic and misunderstood, dead relatives, and collects vintage religious artifacts and creepy dolls. Currently she teaches poetry at the University of Central Florida, and is an assistant poetry editor for The Florida Review. More information can be found at .