In the dark times
Will there also be singing?
Yes, there will also be singing.
About the dark times.
— Bertolt Brecht
What cannot be said will be wept.
We all carry them: stories of loss and regret so overwhelming and painful we cannot find an entry point from which to write. Yet, we cannot put the stories behind us. Sometimes we nurture the illusion that we might write one Big Poem and then be done with it. I have found that the Big Poem plan seldom works. This workshop will take the opposite approach. Our strategy will be to examine one anecdote, dream, memory, or “telling detail” at a time with the aim of writing a suite of short poems on a weighty subject. We will begin with a generative exercise and look at exemplary poems.
Tuition for the day-long workshop is $90, which includes lunch. To register, click here.
Donna Hilbert was born in the Red River Valley of Oklahoma near the Texas border, but has spent most of her life in Southern California. She is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach. Her latest book is Gravity: New and Selected Poems. Other books include The Congress of Luminous Bodies, The Green Season, Traveler in Paradise: New and Selected Poems, Transforming Matter, Feathers and Dust, Deep Red, and Mansions. She has often traveled to England to give readings and workshops and has served as Vice President for Programs of PEN Center USA West. Her work is the subject of the short film “Grief Becomes Me,” by director Christine Fugate, which was shown as a work-in-progress at the Kentucky Women Writer’s Conference in March of 2005, and is included in the now completed Grief Becomes Me: A Love Story, the documentary about her life and work. Hilbert’s work is widely anthologized, most recently in Poetry of Presence, Grayson Books, 2017.