Whether your reaction to poetry is passion or panic or possibility, this age-old art is surging anew. Poetry is being reshaped in many ways by poets whose work has been called “accessible” -- poems that invite us into their landscapes without torturing us in the process.
The Village is excited to present a workshop that is part appreciation, part instruction and part participation. Seasoned instructor Marcy Heidish, author of five books of poetry, will lead the group in a combination of poetry reading with your reactions and some poetry writing, (for those who want to try their hand), in a supportive atmosphere.
Marcy says that today poetry often has an increased focus on free verse, in additional to more traditional forms, and a weave of everyday subjects with poetic magic. “Through this medium, we see ourselves and our world afresh,” she says.
For the workshop, Marcy will draw upon the work of notable contemporary poets such as Mary Oliver, Kay Ryan and Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate. On the topic of accessible poetry, Collins said in a recent interview on National Public Radio that he thinks too many poets show off — writing obscure verses that turn many readers off. He also believes readers crave "a mixture of clarity and mysteriousness," which they find in his work.
On one end of the spectrum, Collins said he thinks poems that are perfectly clear are "a little flat." But on the other end, too much mystery can render a poem inscrutable. "I'm trying to write poems that involve beginning at a known place, and ending up at a slightly different place," he says. "I'm trying to take a little journey from one place to another, and it's usually from a realistic place, to a place in the imagination."
So if you’d like a chance to experience this imaginative journey that poetry offers during the June 21 workshop, bring pen and paper and prepare to be inspired!