Into and Out of the Garden: Exploring the Myth of Paradise through Poetry and Prose
A single poem, alone / can turn tides / scatter galaxies / and burst forth with rivers / from paradise. ~Sanober Khan
In this two-session class, we’ll look closely at some of the variety of ways writers and artists have interpreted and been inspired by this foundational biblical narrative—and even used its themes as metaphors for the writing process itself. We’ll engage in discussion about how those themes have shaped our personal lives and influenced our own creativity. Then, we’ll enter the gardens of our imaginations where we’ll create a single piece of art—a poem, prose piece, painting, collage, song (anything at all)—to share with the group during the second meeting. Advance reading packet provided. First and second sessions spaced three weeks apart to provide plenty of time for germination. This class meets on two Tuesdays, February 9 and March 2, 6-7:30 p.m.
About the Instructors: Larry Sorkin is a some-of-the-time North Carolina poet, a part-time business man, and an occasional performer of poetry with The Bechtler Ensemble. He presents workshops exploring the connections between poetry and fine arts, dance, music, and depth psychology. He is poet-in-residence at the Airy Knoll Arts Project. Poetry didn’t come to Sorkin until his forties when he fell under the infectious influence of Robert Bly. He considers it a calling to spread the passion. He often holes up on his ridgetop overlooking the Piedmont, daydreaming into the fields and onto paper. His poetry collection, Uncomfortable Minds, will be out in February, 2021.
Charlotte Lit co-founder Kathie Collins is a writer, poet, and lifelong student of Jungian psychology. She thrives in the in-between space from which dreams, creativity, and stories emerge. Kathie is happiest when she’s sharing that space with others and delights in the process of helping students transform their lived experience to gold. She earned a Ph.D. in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she’s also served as adjunct faculty. Kathie’s poetry has appeared in Kakalak, BibleWorkbench, Immanence, and Between. She’s also the author of a chapbook, Jubilee (Main Street Rag, 2011).