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Poems of Witness: Living with Heart in a Conflicted World

Explore poems of witness and give shape to your unique poetic voice in this afternoon retreat of poem-making and community building.

Poems of Witness: Living with Heart in a Conflicted World
Poems of Witness: Living with Heart in a Conflicted World

When & Where

Jul 27, 2024, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Olmsted Falls, 8100 Mapleway Dr, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138, USA

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Explore poems of witness and give shape to your unique poetic voice in this afternoon retreat of poem-making and community building.

Poetry allows one to speak with a power that is not granted by our culture.

~ Linda McCarriston

This year of 2024 asks us to speak up and speak out, and by doing this, strengthen a community of conscience and caring. Yet it is a challenge in the midst of heartbreaking social and political realities to express and give shape to your unique poetic voice that is humane and beautiful; fierce, courageous and noble; creative and compassionate.

Your voice is necessary now and needed more than ever to bear witness to what you care about in this life. What is at risk for you? What do you care for? Rather than write the polemical, we will explore a voice that leans into the cathartic and generative, a voice both fierce and gentle.

Our retreat will draw upon the poetry of William Stafford, Lucille Clifton, Adrienne Rich, Yousef Komunyakaa, and Naomi Shihab Nye. We will explore their poems of witness. Our intention is to encourage a poem-making that speaks the truth, treasures beauty, and empowers us to recognize our common good.

Beginning and experienced poets and writers are welcome. It will be valuable and safe for anyone with a desire to express their truth and creativity.

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