We are eager for you to meet Nashville Poet and Author Ciona Rouse! In case that last name sounds familiar, you may be on to the fact that Ciona is the sister of Lanecia Rouse Tinsley. Artistry definitely runs in their family and we are grateful that they both will be with us during this week.
The circling rivers the breath, and breathing it in and out,
The beauty of the waist, and thence of the hips, and thence downward toward the knees,
The thin red jellies within you or within me, the bones and the marrow in the bones,
The exquisite realization of health;
O I say these are not the parts and poems of the body only, but of the soul.
-Walt Whitman from “I Sing the Body Electric”
Every poem begins in the body, which makes sense. We cannot lie to our own bodies; it knows what we are doing; it has mysteries we cannot see. A poem takes shape in the soul & eventually receives flesh when it’s out into the world. In this class we will explore various poetry techniques (the body of the poem), practice reading poems in an embodied way, and create poems with aspects of the body, movement, breath, and body-related poetry as our prompts. You will also learn about how to look at your body of poetry and prepare it for publication.
All experience levels welcome, including beginners. Ages 16+
What will class time be like? Will I need to work outside of class?
- Students will read and discuss works of poetry.
- Each class will have a physical movement or breath aspect (walking/light meditative motions/prana/moving art, etc.)
- Students will receive several writing prompts each class with some time to share.
- Students will get guidance on ways to share their work in the world.
- Students will offer intentional feedback to one another, in addition to one-on-one feedback from the instructor during the week
All projects can be completed within the allotted class time.
What can I expect to create?
Students should leave with enough work to turn into a chapbook (chapbooks are typically less than 40 pages).
What should I bring to class?
A notebook and pens will be provided. Perhaps students will want personal laptops (though it is recommended at least beginning with paper and pencil before putting work into laptops). Perhaps students will want to bring some of their older poems for editing, though this is in no way necessary.
Students will want to be in comfortable clothing, as this will not be a still class of poetry.
The Full Package covers tuition + materials, all meals (Sunday dinner through Saturday brunch) and lodging.
Full Package: $645-$1175
- Private Room – $1175
- Shared Double Room / Yurt – $860
- Library Dorm: $725
- RV Hookup: $695
- Guild Tent $680
- Own Tent: $645
Commuter Cost: $400
(Commuter Cost includes Sunday dinner, Monday through Friday lunches, and Saturday brunch.)
This class is part of the Grünewald Guild’s Summer 2019 Program: Opening. Learn more about the Summer Program.
June 16 – 22, 2019
This is a non-refundable deposit.
The remaining balance must be paid in full upon arrival.
Date(s) - Jun 16, 2019 until Jun 22 2019