Instructor: Myrna Patterson
Monday - Friday
July 15 - 21
9am - 12pm
Art is energy contained. We begin from a place of quiet emptiness, and eventually “take leap after leap in the dark.” (Agnes de Mille) Using what we know and trusting the body’s rhythms and the mind’s memories, we will explore sounds, images and patterns via playful and unique prompts and experiment with forms like collage, erasure and pantoum, opening up new ways to see and revise our poems. In this generative workshop, we share with thoughtful attention, finding power, cadence and mystery in our words.
Teacher, poet and editor for over 30 years, Myrna Patterson has written curriculum guides for teachers and published her poetry in journals and the Vineyard Gazette. She taught poetry in public schools as a MA Cultural Council Writer-in-Residence, taught teachers at Lesley University, and workshops at the Cambridge Center and at Kripalu. A Squaw Valley Community of Writers poet, she’s received 3 grants from VT Studio Center and enjoyed residencies at Mesa Refuge, PT. Reyes, CA, and Castle Hill Center for the Arts at Edgewood Farm. Her first collection is Umbra; her second forthcoming. She lives on the outer Cape and in Berkeley, CA.