"I am trying to check my habits of seeing, to counter them for the sake of greater freshness. I am trying to be unfamiliar with what I'm doing." - John Cage

Friday, August 18, 2023

New Poetry in the Garden pop up workshops 8/22 and 8/29 for everyone - register now


I'm reading Then the War by Carl Phillips, the Pulitzer Prize winner for 2022. From his poem Little Shields, in Starlight:

Maybe there's no need for us to go anywhere more far
than here, said the dogwood leaves, mistaking speech
for song, to the catalpa leaves, imitation silence.

At the risk of sharing lines of poetry out of context here, I am intrigued by the idea here that asks what the dogwood leaves might say to the catalpa leaves. Or, I ask myself, how would one imitate silence? How does one sing? And then, leaves would know probably about the need for travel. Contradictions such as that between remaining rooted and imagining how far to travel drive tension in Phillips's poems. In our own writing, we can study other writers we admire and bring into our own writing these new techniques and structures.

I love how Phillips' phrasing creates what he calls a muscularity of syntax (or sentence)

"As far as I can tell, anymore, all that poetry at the end of the day is, is patterned language. The relationship between pattern and the meaningful disruption of that pattern gives poetry the muscularity required to become memorable." - Muscularity and Eros: On Syntax, Carl Phillips, At Length Magazine

In Tangled Roots Writing workshops and coaching sessions, as writers we read and write through a lens of tenderness to understand ourselves and others and to apply this depth of meaning to the page.

Poetry in the Garden workshops Tuesday nights August 22nd and 29th 5:30-7 pm
$25 each Tuesday workshop
All levels of experience welcome! This is a generative poetry workshop - join us for one or both evenings.

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

August and September workshop series now open for registration!


 Tangled Roots Writing workshops in August and September are now available for sign ups!

I've added a mini-series for Tuesday nights in the garden on August 22nd and 29th from 5:30- 7pm. Many clients have asked for a short focus on poetry, so these two nights we will enjoy tea and chocolate in the garden while we learn to create new expression through poetic form. Playful for all levels of experience!

The next Monday night 6 week series will run 9/11 - 10/16 from 6:30- 8 pm. This series is online and in person in order to offer flexibility for work and family. I've been offering this workshop series for over ten years now and if you haven't yet joined us, this fall may be the time for you to write new crazy-creative material every week. Fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

Please call me or email to chat about your writing and goals. I'm available for individual editing and coaching. I offer manuscript review for novels, memoirs, and poetry. You may sign up for a workshop by email or phone call or text.

Happy writing