POETRY WORKSHOP: The Spring Equinox, Alban Eiler, Seeds of Hope


“A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone's knowledge of himself and the world around him."  Dylan Thomas

In this relaxed workshop we will write original poetry while exploring the themes of the Spring Equinox.  You will be encouraged to better trust your own unique artistic expression. You do not need writing experience to attend this workshop. A safe place of support and encouragement will be provided as together we create sacred artistic space. By the end of this workshop, you will have explored ideas related to the Spring Equinox such as balance, hope, new growth sprouting and also written a unique poem. All are invited and welcome.  Workshop is free of charge.

About the Workshop Facilitator:
Ruth Oskolkoff is a Druid grade member of the order of Bards Ovates and Druids and possesses a B.A. in Literature, M.A. in Humanities, and a Certificate in Poetry Writing from the University of Washington. She recently published a book of poems called “Sacramentals” available on amazon.com. Ruth has taught at the UW Experimental College and the Seattle Druid Hedge School.

Saturday, March 22, 2014, 12:30 - 3:00 pm
at the Seattle Public Library, Green Lake Branch 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N.
(Please note this event is not sponsored by the Seattle Public Library)

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  • Stuart A.

    I tagged along to this workshop "unofficially," but now I've joined. The workshop was a lot of fun, and it was great to be with other people who are interested in poetry. Here is the poem that came out of the free-writing exercise we did there:

    When, in the quiet time, the trees are masters,
    And grass gathers to hear the old stories
    -- The mere buzz of animals
    passing by this slow listening --
    They tell with their leaves the tale of return:

    How new leaf grows from old trunk
    New trunk from old roots
    New roots from old soil
    New soil from old leaves.

    1 · March 29, 2014

  • Gloria J.

    Also, I mentioned Rod McKuen, and how I constantly checked out his poetry books from the library at North Gulfport Elementary School in Gulfport, MS in the early 1960s. The specific books were "Listen to the Warm," "Stanyan Street" and "Lonesome Cities". None of the Seattle Public Library branches carry these particular books. King County Library System does; however, I can't put them on hold because people who live in Seattle are not allowed to place anything on hold (I'm not sure who came up with that crazy policy)! So I'll call one of the branches and see what I need to do. In the meantime, here's a video of Rod McKuen performing an anti-war song that I completely forgot about (he's also a songwriter and singer), but that I really like. It's called "Soldiers who want to be Heroes".


    1 · March 24, 2014

    • Ruth Ann O.

      Just watched him. Had no idea he wrote war protest songs. Now I like him even more.

      March 24, 2014

    • Ruth Ann O.

      Just watched him. Had no idea he wrote war protest songs. Now I like him even more.

      March 24, 2014

  • Gloria J.

    I'm glad I was there, too! I didn't get to complete my poem during the session, and I said I would try to post it here before the end of the weekend. I didn't quite make it, however. Anyway, my poem refers specifically to the way I visualize MY future, as well as the future of my loved ones:


    Optimal health
    Immeasurable wealth

    Non-conformity celebrated
    Creativity demonstrated

    Relationships enduring
    Countenance alluring

    Authority conveyed
    My lifetime surveyed

    1 · March 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun! Great to see everyone!

    March 22, 2014

  • Ruth Ann O.

    Really amazing people. Brilliant poetry composed. I feel every single person's presence was important. Thankful I was there.

    March 22, 2014

  • Ruth Ann O.

    Good morning everyone, looking forward to next Saturday's workshop. I posted a syllabus at https://docs.google.com/document/d/14XFTAEExFp2vEO0cGX02LerjAr-uEcEGGP3XHGrOrYM/edit?usp=sharing if you want to take a look. I also encourage everyone to read the post sometime this next week at http://philipcarrgomm.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/constructing-the-new-society-eight-steps/ as it seems to coincide nicely with the them of the workshop.

    Bring your favorite notebook and writing instrument and I will see you in a week!

    Blessings of Spring, Ruth

    March 15, 2014

  • Carol B.

    What a wonderful way to creatively connect and express! As an artist, I would like very much to add poetry as a way to explore and create with words. Thanks for setting this opportunity in motion.

    March 3, 2014

    • Ruth Ann O.

      Thanks! I plan to have the syllabus ready soon. I am excited about the workshop. See you there! Ruth

      March 5, 2014

  • Ruth Ann O.

    Good evening! I've posted a some notes for the workshop at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tluwOc8PLAzVrWSZXKtIkYTa9oDIdXBc2q-E_AL628I/edit?usp=sharing and everyone should be able to access. Let me know if there is anything in particular you would like to see covered and I will do my best to make it happen. Looking forward to March 22nd! Ruth

    January 23, 2014

  • Ruth Ann O.

    The last workshop was good and this will be great. I also made it a little longer so we can be more relaxed, write more, have more time for discussion, and have a break or two. I'll post some note and questions soon. Hope to see you there!

    1 · January 9, 2014

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