presents Pinecone Writing Workshops
Poetry & Creative Writing
One-day retreats with acclaimed poet Sharon Thesen
Pinecone Writing Workshops
“Anything we write is incomplete.” I heard someone say this, or something like it, on the radio the other day. This sense of incompleteness can be the impetus or inspiration for long poems, since the whole story of anything eludes our grasp, and we recognize that what lies “outside” is larger than what we can say at any given moment. The long poem gives us the space to say more, to tease out implications, to question ourselves and our systems, to go deeper & farther, to discover, to explore, to challenge.
In the morning session, we’ll discuss examples of long poems (which I feel includes any poem that continues across pages or sections; suites, serial poems, book-length poems, narratives and epics, extended lyrics, etc.) . After lunch and a writing break, we’ll have a poetry workshop to discuss a few pages of your own work, whether in long poem form or not.
“Oyama Pink Shale is characteristically surprising, deftly woven, and packed with deep feeling and humor. How lucky we are to ride shotgun – to witness the flawed, miraculous world through Sharon Thesen’s nimble eye and ear and mind! This book is a joy”
“Oyama Pink Shale dazzles. A book of tall tales that turn out to be true, and elegies for lives and ways of life not so much ended as transfigured. Like Ovid, Sharon Thesen is that rarest of poets: one who sharpens your wits while breaking your heart.”