Speaking in Pictures: A Poetry Workshop Concerning Art
Leader: Susan Rich
One-week Residential Workshop Retreat at Anam Cara in West Cork, Ireland
Arrival: Saturday, 4 August 2012
Departure: Saturday, 11 August 2012
The question is not what you look at, but what you see. -Henry Thoreau
Poetry and painting are sister arts according to the Greeks. It’s a natural collaboration to focus on ekphrastic poetry. Ekphrastic poetry simply refers to our poems inspired by visual images. Together, we will discuss traditional and experimental models of the form by Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Hayden, Lisel Mueller and Rainier Maria Rilke; study recent examples by contemporary poets, and sharpen our powers of observation and description. Finally, through a series of provocative exercises, we will write our own poems on a variety of works of art. For the purposes of this workshop, art includes sculpture, collage, architecture and the natural world. All levels of writers are welcome — from beginners to very advanced practitioners.
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