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. In this course, 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. 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 personal poetry becomes part of a dialogue within a larger collective.
In this course, 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. This course will include a focus on craft, provide weekly generative writing prompts, poem readings, and group discussion over virtual campfire. We’ll also engage in weekly workshop. Each poet’s work will receive peer review weekly, as well as written comments from me. Each member of the course will be workshopped by the entire group 3 times. By the end of this series, you will have generated a few drafts of new poems, and perhaps revised others. You will have deepened your craft knowledge, explored new ways of approaching your poetry, and will have built new self-care skills to inhabit yourself and your writing life in renewed ways.
Poets we’ll study include: Juliana Spahr, Natalie Diaz, Joy Harjo, Sharon Olds, Audre Lorde, Yousef Kouminyakka, Gregory Orr, and Nick Flynn.
COURSE DATES: JANUARY 5-FEBRUARY 16
VIRTUAL CAMPFIRES: WEDNESDAYS,
JANUARY 8-FEBRUARY 12 5:30-7PM EST
INVESTMENT IN YOU & YOUR POEMS: $485
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and to register. Space is limited to 12.
“Oh, darling, let your body in, let it tie you in, in comfort.”