1-4pm , 6-8 participants;
Cost: $50/members; $60/nonmembers
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Writing evocative poems is complex because a writer exposes private vulnerabilities when making desires known.
When expressing love, desire, obsession, intimacy, passion through your poems, language needs to be direct, effective, and without clichés; poetry that is both beautiful and steamy at the same time. This workshop will explore the variations of how poetic forms describe and express. The workshop will emphasize craft, citing examples, without the use of a dirty word, or the word, “love,” and through specific and careful word choices, what makes them work. Examples will include: Lucille Clifton, E.E. Cummings, Shakespeare, Robert Hass, and others. We will write poems that are precise, using language to generate imagery that will elicit a reaction.
Catherine Strisik is a poet, and author of most recently, "The Mistress" (3: A Taos Press, 2016). She is the author of "Thousand-Cricket Song" (2010; 2nd edition, 2016 Plain View Press), and a manuscript-in-progress, "pitchfork."
Active in the Taos poetry community for over 33 years, Strisik’s poems appear in Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Drunken Boat, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Kaleidoscope, Tusculum Review, and elsewhere, and have been translated into Persian. Strisik has received grants, honors and prizes from CutThroat, Peregrine, and Comstock Review, The Southwest Literary Center, The Puffin Foundation, as well as residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Truchas Peaks Place, and Christ in the Desert Monastery.
Catherine is co-editor of Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art (www.taosjournalofpoetry.com), Strisik also teaches privately and is available for readings, workshops, and interviews. She lives in San Cristobal, New Mexico.