"I Would Almost Say They Saved Me" - Trees as Metaphor in Poetry
1817 Central Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28205
NOTE: NEW DATE AND TIME. How often, as with Mary Oliver, have we been rescued from hopelessness by taking shelter beneath a tree? Why, Robert Frost asks, do we wish to bear their noise more than another outside our door? The tree as nurturer, witness, listener—a source of terror, even—has drawn poets through the ages to reflect on its Mystery. This session focuses on how poems with trees embedded reflect our humanness, feed and expand the intuitive process of writing. Discussions will lead to an awakened understanding of why Adrienne Rich writes: “It is necessary to talk about trees.” A writing prompt will take you deeper into your own relationship to trees.
About the Instructor: Irene Blair Honeycutt's fourth poetry book, Beneath the Bamboo Sky (Main Street Rag 2017), is sub-titled Poems and Pieces on Loss and Consolation. Her kinship with trees began in her childhood in FL where she often retreated to her palm hut. She still meets with the woods and enjoys writing time in her mountain cabin. Her work has been published by journals, including Nimrod, Southern Poetry Review, The Southern Poetry Anthology: VII, and Virginia Quarterly Review. She founded CPCC’s Sensoria. Upon her retirement from teaching, the college established a Distinguished Lectureship in her name.
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