With Brandon Thompson. As once practiced by the familiar poets Rumi and Hafiz, ecstatic poetry is, at its heart, a journey into the Divine within. It is a way of contacting our essence. By utilizing practices such as meditation and yoga, time in nature, inviting synchronicity, and more, this retreat will offer participants an opportunity to experience poetry writing as a visionary art. In addition to sharing in the work of classic ecstatic writers, participants will also survey mystical art and writing by more contemporary creators. Concepts will be introduced such as ec...
With Sherry Chandler.
What is poetry anyway? Every poet has a unique definition and most shed little light on the mystery. The great 19th century poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, said “prose is words in the best order; poetry is the best words in the best order.” In this class we will study the building blocks of poetry–words–and the ways words, like Legos, can be combined into that peculiar combination of music and metaphor that, if we work hard and have some luck, make a poem. [ALL LEVELS]
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With John James. So you’ve written a handful of poems—workshopped and polished them. Maybe you have a chapbook or full-length manuscript ready to go. But what do you do with it? This workshop will focus on practical aspects of poetry publishing: how to format your manuscript, what to include in your cover letter, and how to select magazines, journals, and presses for potential submission. We will concentrate primarily on poetry, but all are welcome. John James is the author of The Milk Hours, selected by Henri Cole for the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize (Milkweed, 2019)...
With JC McPherson. Join Affrilachian Poet JC McPherson as we explore the world of slam poetry. Through the viewing of other slam poets and presentations of original works, we will work develop a piece for performance. We will also take a look at breath control and connecting with the audience. [ALL LEVELS] Register now for Slam Poetry.