We had a wonderful time at Lighthouse with By Heart: Seven Essential Poems and Practices. I got so excited I wrote a manifesto and here it is below. Each of the class members, who lovingly committed poems to memory and their hearts, received a memento copy. I hope to offer another class next year.
When I was in my spiritual poetry place in New Hampshire, I was always in awe, sipping scotch by the fire, of the teachers who could reel off poem after poem by heart. Sure, in ninth grade I had to learn a sonnet from The Merchant of Venice and in my early writing days I … Continue reading On Knowing Poems
Lately, I've been teaching the Introductory Poetry Workshop at Lighthouse Writer's Workshop. Here are more than a half dozen things poets can do to keep the mojo going. Read. Make Poetry Daily your home page or download the iPhone/iPad.app. Receive the weekly newsletter, read a new poem every day and find out poetry in the … Continue reading So you’re a poet