03/29 Poetry of Time and Belief with Seretta Martin
Progression – Unwinding – Reversal
(A workshop of writing and gentle critique)
…Ah, poems amount to so little when you write them too early in your life. You ought to wait and gather sense and sweetness for a whole lifetime, and a long one if possible, and then, at the very end, you might perhaps be able to write ten good lines. For poems are not, as people think, simply emotions (one has emotions early enough)—they are…
This is part of a quote by Rilke. What is he talking about? Come join us. We’ll read and discuss the entire quote, finding prompts as we go. Our workshop will focus on writing after a brief study of model poems (from CDs and the handout) that show how poets have considered TIME and BELIEF in diverse ways. From childhood to old age our beliefs about life and our concepts of time change drastically. Let’s see how some poets unwind time and others skillfully set time in reverse. If you come across a good example of this that you’d like to share, please bring that poem.
Through several writing prompts you may find yourself inspired to explore a flood of ideas. Bring a plethora of paper and sharp pencils or, if you’re like me, you may want to bring technical pencils that don’t required sharpening. (The grind of a pencil sharpener annoys my muse!)
What annoys your muse? Now there’s a prompt for you! Why not write a poem and bring copies? Or, if you’d rather, you are welcome to bring another one (1) page poem for the gentle, tactful group critique we will do near the conclusion of our workshop. This critique is optional! Important: Please contact me a few days prior to the workshop to learn how many copies of your 1 page poem you need to bring. Seretta Martin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Seretta Martin serves as an associate editor of the Poetry International literary journal, and a contributing editor of the on-line literary & art journals: Synesthesia and Blue VorText Publishers. She is a regional editor for the San Diego Poetry Annual, and an assistant editor of the California Poets in the Schools book, “50 years of 50 Lessons.” She teaches poetry workshops in libraries, museums, writing centers, conventions, and in the city schools. For 21 years the Border Voices Poetry Project has sent poet-teachers to teach workshops in the local schools. This program publishes annual anthologies, and offers free annual poetry/music fairs. Award-winning students and renowned poets read and discuss poetry on ITV in pre-recorded weekly programs. Seretta is the assistant director of Border Voices Poetry Project. She also teaches with California Poets in the Schools. Seretta is a Philip Levine short list book finalist, 2013. Her poetry, writing and translations have appeared in Web del Sol, Margie, Modern Haiku, Frog Pond, City Works, Weave, Waymark: Voices of the Valley, Poetry International Literary Journal on-line, Oberon, The California Poetry Society, Magee Park, and others. She is the author/illustrator of Foreign Dust Familiar Rain (2002) several chapbooks, and two forthcoming books: Sister Constance Tells Secrets & The Art of Climbing Shadows. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications: Video, Film, and Educational Technology from San Diego State University. As a founding member of Haiku San Diego she enjoys writing in short forms, but also writes longer poems, sonnets and experimental poetry. Currently, she is learning the challenging art of Sumi-E Japanese brush painting. Seretta lives in “Ab”Normal Heights, San Diego with her feral Abyssinian-ridgeback-tiger cat, Velcro. (Velly)
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