(Soma)tic poetry rituals provide a window into the creative viability of everything around us, initiating an extreme present. A crystal will be provided for each student and we will program the crystals to speak through the walls and books of Woodland Pattern, giving us new language for our poems. These are poems we will translate from both the intradimensional and the interdimensional. (The crystals were charged on the roots of Emily Dickinson’s giant trees in her Amherst backyard).
With (Soma)tic rituals we learn how even in crisis we can thrive through the poems, as well as learn to collaborate in unexpected ways with other artistic disciplines. Soon we will all agree with Alice Notley when she writes, “poetry’s so common hardly anyone can find it.”
CAConrad will also give a reading at 7 pm on Saturday, May 23. The reading is FREE for workshop participants.
CAConrad’s childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. He is the author of seven books, the latest is titled ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness (Wave Books, 2014). He is a 2015 Headlands Art Fellow, and has also received fellowships from Lannan Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Banff, Ucross, RADAR, and the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. He conducts workshops on (Soma)tic Poetry and Ecopoetics. Visit him online.