Crack and sometimes break, under the burden
Under the tension, slip, slide, perish,
Decay with imprecision, will not stay in place,
Will not stay still. T.S. Eliot, “Four Quartets”
Okay, okay. Yes, language is a notoriously unreliable and fluid medium, But still, we continue to approximate slippery perceptions, to cast our experience into form. We return, as readers and as writers, to this profoundly subtle and responsive instrument through which we can relate to one another and investigate what it is to be alive.
What else to do with such a fallible medium, and still with so much to say to each other, but write poems anyway? Poems that somehow leap free of constraints of form and time, and surprise us directly into immediacy.
Poems thrive in fresh attention. How can we come to our poems open, free of preconception, ready for anything? How do we nourish that capacity? We’ll cultivate a supportive context and inquire into how we can further open our receptivity to the living, breathing poems at hand, the poems we might skip on our way to some inert ideal of a Poem.
The day will include generative exercises, reading, group discussion of students’ poems, some consideration of formal and technical elements, and above all, we will investigate matters of curiosity, and explore ways to say what we haven’t yet managed to say.
The workshop is open to writers of all levels of experience and cultivates an atmosphere of respect for each others’ risks and offerings.
Participants are invited to send one poem of their own to the instructor in advance with an accompanying question or suggestion for discussion to help tailor the discussion.
June 2, 2013
Morning Session: 10 – 1
Afternon Session: 2 – 5
Morning or afternoon: $60
For an additional $30, you can register for an individual 1-hour conference with GL to be scheduled later. (The regular rate for 1:1 sessions is $45 – $75/hour.)
Half-day + 1 hour private session: $90
Full day + 1 hour private session: $140
held at the San Francisco Zen Center, Conference Center @ 308 Page Street (at Laguna)
For more information, or to register, please email me using the form below: