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How do poets gather from the lived world? How do we tell our stories of place? In the stunning Maine landscape, we will examine and excavate our own poetry of place. Combining writing on field trips, writing alone, and writing in class, we’ll experiment with a variety of approaches to writing ourselves into the world, and celebrating the places we are. We’ll look at art, study our soil, and unearth hidden histories. We’ll study the way poems can gain richness in engaging biology, geology, history, and art. Each day will be part writing, part field trip. We’ll read poems and also hear a lecture on ecology at a local pond. We’ll look at poems that copy from works of art and then write our own art poems at the Farnsworth Museum. We’ll look for unexpected artifacts at the town archive. We will also hear some tremendous new work of visiting writers, and we’ll generate our own poems. Come prepared to take risks, generate new poems, and explore the beauty of Midcoast Maine.
This workshop is open to writers of all experience levels.
Instructor: Tess Taylor
Tess Taylor is the author of five collections of poetry, including The Misremembered World, selected by Eavan Boland for the Poetry Society of America’s inaugural chapbook fellowship, and The Forage House, called “stunning” by The San Francisco Chronicle. Work & Days was named one of The New York Times best books of poetry of 2016. In spring 2020 she published two books of poems. Last West was commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art as a part of the Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures exhibition; Rift Zone, from Red Hen Press, was hailed as “brilliant” in the LA Times and named one of the best books of 2020 by The Boston Globe. She is currently on the faculty of Ashland University’s Low-Res MFA Creative Writing Program.