Featured offerings: This winter, the Loft presents True North. Visit our True North page to learn more and plan your participation.

The Winter Poem, Inside and Out

Date: 2/17/18

Location: The Loft at Open Book

Day of the Week: Saturday

Time: 9:00 - 3:00 pm

Ages: Adult

Class Level: Open to All Levels

Genre: Poetry

• Regular: $105.00
• Member: $94.50
• Low-Income: $73.50

For many in the north country, winter is the best season for writing. The quiet of the external landscape pulls us toward an inwardness conducive to dreaming and reenvisioning our lives. This day-long class, part poetry workshop and part reflective retreat, focuses equally on inner and outer aspects of winter. In the morning session, we'll enjoy reading a generous selection of poets who know and have written unforgettably of the northern winter, such as Freya Manfred, Robert Bly, Connie Wanek, and Tom Hennen. Writing exercises for this half of the class will stress observation of winter weather and various "outside" phenomena.

Our afternoon session will go "inside," touching upon that fertile dream-work that nourishes us during the dark, cold time of year. We'll examine the role of memory in our writing about the short days and long nights of winter. Borrowing the writer Frederick Manfred's respectful adaptation of a Plains Indian practice, we will also write "winter count" poems about the past year's personally significant events. Participants can come away from this lively yet meditative day with a refreshed readiness to write the poems of the coming year. $1 copy fee. Bring a bag lunch; we'll break as needed.