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Two Truths and a Lie

A Poetry Workshop with Anita Skeen, Cindy Hunter Morgan, and Laura Apol

Tuesday, February 19

7-9 pm, Snyder C301


 "A poem should be equal to/not true.” -- from “Ars Poetica" by Archibald MacLeish


Poets, lucky artists, get to write about what is real and what is imagined. They are neither novelists nor biographers. They reach for truth, but it's a higher truth -- Truth with a capital T, which frequently isn't true in all ways. As poet Richard Hugo said, sometimes you have to violate the facts. He's also famous for advising poets, "You owe reality nothing and the truth about your feelings everything." But sometimes a poet must get some facts right. How do poets navigate what is true and what is not in their search for emotional Truth? What details can they conjure instead of report? At this workshop led by Anita Skeen, Cindy Hunter Morgan, and Laura Apol, you'll explore these questions, and you'll have a chance to write your own poems that blend the real and the imagined.



Evergreen Haiku Study Group

Facilitated by Michelle Root-Bernstein

Saturdays: September 22, October 20, November 17, December 8, January 12, February 9, March 16, April 13

1-3 pm, Snyder C301


Study group activities include read-arounds, aesthetic explorations, craft exercises, writing time, anonymous kukai, collaborative play, and other forms of shared appreciation for one of the smallest poetic forms on the planet. Over the course of the year we plan to bring in a haiku poet or two for readings and workshops and to explore related haiku arts such as haibun (prose/poem), haiga (picture/poem), and book-making. All are welcome regardless of experience level.


About Michele Root-Bernstein: Michele Root-Bernstein took her first stab at haiku in the late 1990s, but it was not until 2005, the year she joined the Haiku Society of America (HSA) that she began to study the form seriously and to publish in haiku journals and anthologies. A selection of her poetry appeared in A New Resonance 6 in 2009. In recent years she has placed in haiku and haibun contests, winning second prize in the HSA Haibun Awards competition in 2012, and first prize in the same HSA competition in 2015. She occasionally presents a haiku-dance workshop developed in association with the Kennedy Center partners in Education program. She served as associate editor of Frogpond, the journal of the HSA, from 2012 through 2015. In her other life, Michele is an independent scholar in creativity studies associated with Michigan State University, co-author of Sparks of Genius, The 13 Thinking Tools of the World's Most Creative People, and author of Inventing Imaginary Worlds: From Childhood Play to Adult Creativity Across the Arts and Sciences.



Read A Poet / Write A Poem

Held annually early in the spring semester


This annual event takes place over two evenings, a week or two apart. At the first part, we study the work and life of the featured poet. At the second part, we have a writing exercise based in that poet's work.


This year, join us for Off to the Movies: Cinematic Technique in Akhmatova's "Requiem," on Monday, January 14 and Monday, January 28, at 7 p.m. in C302 Snyder Hall.


Past poets studied include Margaret Atwood, Maxine Kumin, Muriel Rukeyser, Theodore Roethke, Lucille Clifton, William Stafford, and Lisel Mueller.




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