The Poetry Portal: Healing & Adventuring Within, A Six-Week Online Course
Fuze is thrilled to announce a series of workshops beginning on Friday, 4/23, taught by poet Robert McDowell
Six sessions, 2 hours each via Zoom.
Fridays from 4/23 to 5/28 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Eastern (12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Pacific).
Tuition is $250.
Enrollment will be limited to eight.
Participants will write awesome poems for healing, adventure, and spiritual growth and explore six important elements of poetry: deep listening/stillness; empathy/witnessing/honesty; figurative language (imagery); sound (rhythm and meter); truth and beauty; and taking the road less traveled.
Heavenly Hurt, it gives us —
We can find no scar,
But internal difference —
Where the Meanings, are —
Emily Dickinson’s observation became Robert McDowell’s directive, his odyssey launch to explore internal difference, to discover and illuminate that mysterious place “Where the Meanings, are —.” Poetry is witnessing. It is song, the song in the story; it is dance, Beauty, and the Truth. It is the realm where, as Virginia Woolf put it, “Now then is my chance to find out what is of great importance and I must be careful and tell no lies.” Poetry, as Robert Frost said, is “taking the road less traveled by,” the life-changing decision that “makes all the difference.” The poem, conceived in fever dreams in and between this world and the next, written and written again and again in vulnerable isolation, finds its readers, if readers there are, in an act of making community with diverse others, with the heron and the owl, the poppy and the rose, the tiger and the fox, the bee, the lamb, the bear, and the wolf. “Blame it or praise it, there is no denying the wild horse in us,” said Woolf, and she is right. Poetry is the wild horse running free in each of us. “This is the life itself.”
Suggested books: Poetry as Spiritual Practice by Robert McDowell
Robert McDowell is the author of six books of poetry. Sweet Wolf: Selected & New Poems will appear in the spring of 2021, as will his novel, Emily & Virginia. McDowell has taught at UC Santa Cruz, University of Southern Indiana, and the low-residency MFA program at Bennington. He was the co-founder, publisher, and editor of Story Line Press for 22 years. Today he writes poetry and prose and serves as a ghostwriter, editor, and writing coach.
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