Friday, January 24, 2020

05:00 PM  
Miriam Sagan weekend retreat

   Miriam Sagan weekend retreat

Friday evening, January 24 though Saturday, January 25th

5-9 pm Friday

10 am - 5 pm Saturday

REGISTER HERE:  https://www.julesnyquist.com/catalog/item/1420675/10415453.htm

 

Keeping A Poetic Diary will emphasize techniques that can bring journal keeping alive and create finished pieces. We’ll work with lists, letters, flash memoir, and more—as well as traditional Japanese approaches of haiku and prose (haibun) and poetry with visuals (haibun). Expect timed writing, reading aloud, doodling, a look at blogging, and inspiration. Models range from Joanne Kyger’s twentieth century “Strange Big Moon” to Sei Shonagaon’s tenth century “Pillow Book.”

     Miriam Sagan is the author of DIRTY LAUNDRY (100 Days in A Zen Monastery, New World Library) with Robert Winson and A HUNDRED CUPS OF COFFEE (2019, Tres Chicas Press). She lives in Santa Fe, NM.

 

 

 

When I asked Miriam to lead a retreat at the Poetry Playhouse, I was intrigued by what she is doing with shaping journal writing into poems.  I read her memoir with her poetic language and honesty, Searching for a Mustard Seed: A Young Widow’s Unconventional Story, (which won the award for best memoir from Independent Publishers for 2004), and I wanted to know what else makes Miriam special with her writing.   She is the author of more than twenty books and is the founding member of the collaborative press Tres Chicas Books.

Jules' Poetry Playhouse is all about PLAY and loosening up creatively, to have the safe space to create and generate poems.   So I asked Miriam  to describe what techniques she will use for her weekend retreat.


Flash Memoir & Organic Editing


Miriam:

We'll explore the parameters of the ten minute flash memoir, using either the evocation of the past or the here and now. The first part of the exercise uses grids, such as
I see
I feel
I believe
I see
and a quick flashback form.

Jules:
Wow, that sounds fun, especially the visual part of the grid form.  We will have space at the Poetry Playhouse to spread out and construct some grids. The ten minute part sounds like it will generate uncensored, subconscious work.

Miriam:

The second part is organic editing--reading aloud, following the natural curve of the piece.
Once the prose is finished, we'll learn the haiku/senryu form and spend some time capturing the haiku moment.

Haibun puts prose and poetry together in a high contrast way. It creates finished publishable pieces. I will share examples from Basho, Harriot West, and myself and look at how they are made.

Jules:
What else can we expect from this weekend class?

Miriam:

Expect timed writing, reading aloud, doodling, a look at blogging, and inspiration. Models range from Joanne Kyger’s twentieth century “Strange Big Moon” to Sei Shonagaon’s tenth century “Pillow Book.”

Jules:
Here is more info and how to register!  I am looking forward to combining these areas into some unique poems and art pieces.


Keeping A Poetic Diary
will emphasize techniques that can bring journal keeping alive and create finished pieces. We’ll work with lists, letters, flash memoir, and more—as well as traditional Japanese approaches of haiku and prose (haibun) and poetry with visuals (haibun). Turning flash memoir or diary entry into a haibun.

Miriam Sagan Weekend Retreat

Friday - Saturday January 24-25, 2020
Friday 5-9 pm
Sat 10 am - 5 pm