Maidenhair ferns at your feet
seem to rise out of the dust for rain,
the sword ferns sprawl to catch fog,
and the maple lifts itself out of the soil,
massive roots becoming visible
like the muscles of a shirtless power-lifter.
You have taken the widowed boards
of the gate and saved them from the fire
to build a little eave that shelters
the dahlias from full sun,
and now brushed by the breeze
this creates they nod thank you
thank you thank you,
and you wonder what you can do
for hikers and walkers weary from the dust,
a small jug, a metal cup, a wooden bench.
You have wood leftover,
and the sun still to set.
Jeff Burt lives in Santa Cruz County California, home of redwoods, fire, fog, and ocean. He has contributed to Rabid Oak, Williwaw Journal, Willows Wept, and Red Wolf Journal.
The Poet’s Toolkit
Five week self-paced online workshop for writers
While this five-week course will focus on several of the most integral craft elements of poetry writing, it is suitable for writers in any genre. Whether new to creative writing or a long-time practitioner, this online class will help you bring greater focus and new energy to your writing.
Each lesson will center on a particular skill and will include sample readings and discussion of the week’s craft element. A selection of representative poems meant to spark lively discussion will be included as will a number of fun and engaging writing prompts.
Students are invited to write a poem each week in response to any of the readings or prompts. While sharing is always optional, students may do so on a private discussion board. Students are also free to simply follow along with the weekly lessons.
Feedback on poems from me is available on request.
Week One: Drawing on vivid details and sensory images for your poems
Week Two: Creating surprising similes, metaphors, and other figurative images
Week Three: Narrative to imagination (moving from chronology to association)
Week Four: Reinvigorating syntax and sentences
Week Five: Serious fun with serious revision
Price: $20.00 for ala cart classes or $75.00 for all five weeks. Scholarships are available to students and recent graduates. Contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.
Creative Writing Extravaganza Tuesdays, August 16 – October 4, 2016, 7:00 to 8:30 PM Bliss Spiritual Co-op
1163 Pleasant Oaks Drive, off Chuck Dawley Blvd
Mount Pleasant, SC
No registration required! Attend all eight weeks or drop in when you can!
Join us as we explore how the raw material of our life experiences informs our artistic expression and how we can develop them into poems, stories, flash memoir, and more! Each class will focus on a specific sample or style of writing from which students will generate their own work by responding to prompts, engaging in invention activities, and emulating the sample writing itself. Time will also be set aside during each class for students to read aloud from any new work they wish to share (always optional). All levels are welcome.
We will explore:
Imagination in prose and poetry
The music of the sentence
Forms of poetry (and why they matter)
Elements of narrative
The Lyric Essay
Fun with metaphor, simile, and personification
Flash creative non-fiction
The role of the writer’s journal
How drawing helps writing
Deepening writing through awareness and meditation
Deepening awareness and meditation though writing
Establishing a regular writing practice
Working through fear of failure
Working through fear of success
The joy of revision
Revising life stories for empowerment
Deepening self-awareness and healing through writing
Deepening craft through self-awareness
Bring your journal, favorite writing instrument, and inner child!