The Power of Poetry
July 13, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Edith Kinney Gaylor Cornerstone Arts Center Experimental Classroom
$100 (does not include lunch)
“We may feel bitterly how little our poems can do in the face of seemingly out of control technological power and seemingly limitless corporate greed, yet it has always been true that poetry can break isolation, show us to ourselves when we are outlawed or made invisible, remind us of beauty where no beauty seems possible, remind us of kinship where all is represented as separation."
In this one-day workshop we will explore the power of poetry. Through exercises designed to uncover our most compelling material and through discussion of technique in writing, we will cultivate the ability to write poetry that has the power to connect us with ourselves and with others.
Though our own writing and through reading the work of contemporary poets, we will also investigate the power of poetry to bring pleasure, to transform experience, and to enlarge our understanding of one another.
No prior writing experience or knowledge of poetry is necessary. The number of participants is limited to 12.
“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.”
― Emily Dickinson
Jane Hilberry has taught literature and Creative Writing at Colorado College for twenty-five years. She also teaches arts-based Leadership Development courses in the United States and Canada. Her books of poetry include Body Painting and, with her father Conrad Hilberry, This Awkward Art: Poems by a Father and Daughter. She has published a book of art criticism and biography titled The Erotic Art of Edgar Britton and co-authored book on email titled Get Smart! How Email Can Make or Break Your Career—and Your Organization. Her greatest joy as a teacher comes from helping others connect with their creative powers.