December. This is a time of year when I want to sign-up for new experiences. I want to learn new ways of being in the world. And I don't think I am alone on this. In the past year, I challenged myself to become more comfortable with technology, hence this blog. If you are within driving distance of Seattle and would like a one day workshop bringing the visual arts and poetry together, there are a few spaces left in this workshop. The class is limited to fifteen and pre-registration is required. It's going to be fun -- and you will leave with a few drafts of new poems. What could be better? And if you can't come, I would still love to hear what new things you intend for 2010.
Speaking Pictures: A Poetry Workshop
Saturday, February 13, 2010“Painting is mute poetry, and poetry a speaking picture.” —Simonides
11 am - 1:30 pm
“Look at the subject, think about it before photographing, look until it becomes alive and looks back into you.” —Edward Steichen
Poets Susan Rich and Lillias Bever lead a workshop on ekphrasis, poems written about visual art. Famous models of the form by such poets as W.H. Auden, Rilke, Mary Oliver, and Lisel Mueller will be examined as well as recent examples by local poets published in Looking Together: Writers on Art (Frye Art Museum/ University of Washington Press, 2009). Participants will sharpen their powers of observation and try their hand at writing poems on works of art in the Frye’s collection. All levels of writers are welcome.
This free workshop is sponsored in part by 4Culture. For more information and to register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art Credit: Rockwell Kent, Resurrection Bay, Alaska c. 1939 Oil on fabric board. 28 x 44 1/2 in. Frye Art Museum Purchase, 1998. @ Plattsburgh State Art Museum, Plattsburgh, NY
About the Instructors
Susan Rich is the author of three books of poetry from White Pine Press, including The Cartographers’s Tongue, Cures Include Travels, and, forthcoming, The Alchemist’s Kitchen. She has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, PEN USA, and Artist Trust; her recent poems appear in The Antioch Review, Harvard Review and TriQuarterly. Susan teaches English and Film Studies at Highline Community College.
Lillias Bever’s book of poetry, Bellini in Istanbul, was published by Tupelo Press in 2005. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, New England Review, and Gettysburg Review, among other places. She has been the recipient of fellowships and awards from Artist Trust, 4Culture, and the Seattle Arts Commission. Bellini in Istanbul was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award.