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Water Flowing All Around: An ONLINE Workshop on the Poetry of Rivers, Streams, Tides, and Oceans.

July 6, 2020 @ 12:00 pm July 10, 2020 @ 12:00 pm

Workshop is now filled. Please contact Ms. Gemma Leghorn, whose email address is below, to be put on the waiting list.

Poster for Water Flowing All Around  Workshop for 24 Pearl St.

During the Covid-19 health crisis, I spent many an afternoon going for walks, staying 6 feet apart from others who were doing the same thing. I often found myself drawn to walking beside the Charles River near where I live. Somehow the water flowing downstream seemed a reassuring counterbalance to the dangers and fears we’d all been living with. The river has not always been as healthy as it is now, and to be sure there are dangers that can come with any body of water. But my river-walks helped me become more attuned to many other places in my life where water is flowing all around, either literally or metaphorically, sometimes reassuringly and sometimes not.

In our online, week-long intensive workshop, we’ll focus on generating new poems that in one way or another respond to the waters around us. Our workshop will incorporate discussions of important “water poems” written by other poets, but the main focus of our discussions will be on your work. The goal will be at least four new poems by the end of our week together. At the end of the course, I will send each student a letter and offer offer thoughts about what the student has accomplished in the course and what direction the student might be heading toward in future writing. 

For the first day of our course, please be prepared to post a new “water” poem of your own.

LIVE ELEMENT: On the last day of class, students will have the option to participate in a virtual reading, held on Zoom. 


Ms. Gemma Leghorn



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