This writing intensive will concentrate on writing eco poetry inspired by the landscape and cultures in and around Ghost Ranch. Each class will include a writing prompt, discussion of model poems by Linda Hogan, Mary Oliver, Camille Dungy, Joy Harjo, San-dra Alcosser, Patricia Spears Jones, Patti Ann Rogers, Audre Lorde, Anita Endrezze, Sherwin Bitsui, W.S. Merwin, Richard Vargas, Luis Urrea, Marilyn Nelson, Teresa Mei Chuc, Melissa Tuckey, Rita Dove, Leslie Marmon Silko and others.
Each day will include an encouraging discussion of participant poems. The generative poetry writing in-tensive will focus on writing techniques such as figurative language, sound imagery and uses, line breaks, fresh imagery as well as how to write eco poems and eco justice poems without being didactic. For inspiration, we will take short hikes to explore the in-credible wild beauty of Ghost Ranch. American Book Award-winning poet, editor, environmental activist, and Black Earth Institute Fellow, Pamela Uschuk will lead the intensive.
The main goal of the intensive is to write poetry concerned with ecological issues such as species loss and climate change as well as to give shape to the wild inside by observing the wild outside. Come prepared to write and share your work.
Learn to create powerful metaphors from the natural world, the use of sound techniques to create rhythms as well as various types of line breaks to create a form for your poems and to illuminate multiple-depths of meaning. Thoreau wrote, “In wilderness lies preservation. ” Just as we need to preserve the last wildernesses on our planet, poets need to speak their truths about pressing environmental issues as well as to preserve what’s wild with-in themselves. Come howl out powerful poems of your own. You can expect to take home 10-12 finished new poems. Our main texts will include: Native Voices, ed. by CM Fuhrman; Black Nature, ed. by Camille Dungy; Continental Drift, ed. by Drucilla Wall; Eco Poetry, ed. by Ann Fisher-Wirth; Ghost Fishing, ed. by Melissa Tuckey.