Poetry is meat and meet. Sustenance and connection. Poetry has the power to illuminate the human condition. To bond crafted words and considered ideas, and, most importantly perhaps, create relationships between people. This is my pain, this is my beauty – I share it with you, and I connect with you through your pain, your beauty. Poetry is wings. It takes us from one place to another. It takes us to places we might not normally go. Poetry helps us feel less alone.
Do you long to create those connections with your words? Do you hope to develop a writing practice or more fully explore all the different aspects of writing poetry.
In 2017, I will be offering several online courses for anyone who wants to learn more about writing and appreciating poetry.
Starting January 1, we’ll walk the Haiku Path together. This is truly a poetry-as-daily-practice offering to help you start the year off creating your own path to paying closer attention to the world around you. In 2015, I wrote a haiku each evening and though it taught me to be a better poet, it also taught me how to be more alive every hour of the day.
You will receive an email every other day throughout the month offering instruction in haiku technique, sample haiku from the masters and from contemporary poets, and a writing prompt to consider during the following days. You will find yourself looking at the world with new eyes, and I hope you will start to develop a practice that will carry you and your writing further as you continue into the new year.
At the end of the month, I will read five of the haiku you’ve written and offer individual feedback.
THIS CLASS IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE CONTACT ME VIA EMAIL IF YOU’D LIKE TO BE NOTIFIED WHEN IT IS OFFERED AGAIN.
The Poet’s Notebook
In March, I will be presenting a one-month course in creating a Poet’s Notebook.
Contemporary Nature Poetry
In September, I will be offering a six-week course in writing and reading contemporary nature poetry. More details about this class forthcoming.