In these troubled times, what can a poet do? Rather than focusing our attention on the chaos and despair, perhaps the best thing we can do is find ways to praise the beauty of life and death in our world.
“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work,” Mary Oliver writes.
“I made a world out of words and it was my salvation.” Mary Oliver was mostly an ecstatic poet. She wrote praise poems, prayers and petitions.
For six weeks, join us for a deep dive into the work of Mary Oliver. We’ll discover her lyrical style and why the seeming simplicity is so satisfying. Oliver often writes in blank verse in a conversational music that we will more deeply understand by learning a poem or two by heart, walking with it, breathing it in. Then using that rhythmic pattern, write our own shadow poem. We will look at how she uses the contrasts of light and darkness. Her famous use of questions without answers draws the reader in. She says, “We are nourished by the mystery.”
When: 6 Weds, Aug 26th – 30 Sept, 2020 10am -12:30 pm AEST
Zoom Class with a 10 minute tea break
Tuition: $180 This group will be limited to 6 participants.
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Laura Jan Shore is the author of the historical novel, The Sacred Moon Tree and poetry collections, Breathworks ,Water over Stone, and her latest, Afterglow. She has taught creative writing and mentored writers for 40 years. President of Dangerously Poetic Press, she has co-edited 12 poetry collections. She earned her MFA in Poetry from Pacific University, Portland, Oregon, June, 2019.