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Writing workshop and a poem

May 24, 2014

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Two weekends ago I had the opportunity to attend the Black Fly Writer’s Retreat in Grand Lake Stream, Maine. Four different sessions were happening simultaneously. I was with the poetry group. It all went by in a blur. Three days is not enough time for me to drop into my poet self in the kind of way a week allows. So, now I know–but it did allow me to have several pieces work shopped.  I was very pleased with how the group responded to my voice, and overall poetry process.

My “water poems” as a body of work moved forward, and I made a few very cool new writer connections. On the final night we had a bonfire reading. Here is one of the poems from the weekend that I wrote and read. The form came from an activity where you list, but only allow yourself one verb. Mine didn’t follow directions exactly, but I was pleased with the outcome:

The Minister and the Snake

The missing goldfish
(nine now dead)
the rusty spade
at the back of the shed
a gardener’s rage
a snake’s split head
on Easter Sunday
bread and wine
for the visitors
interlopers
guests
in their best dressed
more promises of forgiveness
acceptance
and love-
except for the serpent
now dead behind
the minister’s shed.

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  1. May 24, 2014 5:47 pm

    Oh, what a weekend it was, grasshopper or should I say mermaid.

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