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He tries to tell the doctor: / "My heart springs open and I see / there is a woods inside. / The trees are full of birds / but they are unable to sing." / It's a good sign, the doctor says.

"My body begins to shine / brighter and brighter. / In the center of the light / there is a transparent woman / yelling, _Go back! Go back!_" / The doctor says that's promising.

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"You don't understand. He was famous. / He was important. / Parker and Gillespie would still go over to the house / when they passed through town. / He invented that music with them. / Things mattered."

(The doctor does not say anything. / _Calm yourself_, something whispers / inside him. _We can go home now_.)

-- From "Ars Poetica," Jack Gilbert (Collected Poems)

Upcoming events (5)

Mythology-themed Gateless Writing Salon via Zoom Led by Rebecca Lynne

UPDATE - NEW TIME, AND ZOOM VIDEO LINK BY REQUEST - For the Zoom video link, just email [masked] Join Rebecca Lynne as she leads a two hour generative writing workshop, featuring prompts, inspiration and feedback drawn from the Gateless method. Created by Suzanne Kingsbury, Gateless is specifically designed to focus on the positive, the potent, and what we as writers would love to hear more of. Rebecca Lynne is a certified Gateless facilitator. Beginning with presentation of a unique communication or expression, she will lead the group to a prompt and then time to write. She will invite the group to share what each has created, with feedback following the Gateless method. Let Rebecca help to inspire you, create community among you, and help to unearth the writing that’s inside. This workshop is $10 per session or 11 sessions for $100. It is offered complimentary for your first session so you can see if it is something you would like to invest in. I am able to accept PayPal.me/RebeccaLynne and Venmo @Rebecca-Smolen or cash. “When you reach out and touch other human beings, it doesn’t matter whether you call it therapy or teaching or poetry.” ~Audre Lorde “The final stage of healing is using what happens to you to help other people.” ~Gloria Steinem

Generative Writing Salon: Multimedia Prompts

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A generative writing workshop from multimedia prompts with feedback following the Gateless Method. The workshop takes place online Saturdays 3p-5p PST via Zoom. You can even try it complimentary first! I will offer these sessions at $10 each or $100 for 11 sessions via PayPal (friends & family) or Venmo. Please send me a message with your email where I can send the Zoom invite link and if you have any questions: [masked] FYI I need to cap this at 12 peeps to offer everyone a chance to read afterward if they choose. All levels, all genres, all humans welcome with open arms to my safe space!

Back 2 School: 5 Poetic Forms *Session II: The Elegy*

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This is the second session in a series of five revisiting (or learning for the first time is ok too) poetic form. We are inviting you to take one session or the whole series as you might be able. Individual sessions are $30 or all five are $130. Payments accepted through Venmo @Rebecca-Smolen or Apple Cash using[masked] or [masked]. In this class we will be concentrating on the elegiac poem. We will learn the constraints of it, the history within it, explore examples, (past and present) as well as have some time to begin our own. You will receive an emailed handout prior to each class with the material being discussed. The week that follows this class we will have access to a google doc to share what we have written to give and welcome light critique with concentration towards adhering to the form first and foremost. In the google doc the words, rights, and work of an individual poet will remain their own and can not be used by another without their explicit permission. This poetic form journey also includes knowing when to give up form or aspects of it to benefit the poem. Our goal is to learn the forms and play with the parameters. New-to-poetry, old pros, and all in-between are welcome! There will be no bigotry or hate speech welcome into this community. This will be a safe place to explore form in any way the muse might want that to come to us. For the benefit of all of us and the work, we will need to limit these sessions to 12 other humans.

Mythology-themed Gateless Writing Salon via Zoom Led by Rebecca Lynne

UPDATE - NEW TIME, AND ZOOM VIDEO LINK BY REQUEST - For the Zoom video link, just email [masked] Join Rebecca Lynne as she leads a two hour generative writing workshop, featuring prompts, inspiration and feedback drawn from the Gateless method. Created by Suzanne Kingsbury, Gateless is specifically designed to focus on the positive, the potent, and what we as writers would love to hear more of. Rebecca Lynne is a certified Gateless facilitator. Beginning with presentation of a unique communication or expression, she will lead the group to a prompt and then time to write. She will invite the group to share what each has created, with feedback following the Gateless method. Let Rebecca help to inspire you, create community among you, and help to unearth the writing that’s inside. This workshop is $10 per session or 11 sessions for $100. It is offered complimentary for your first session so you can see if it is something you would like to invest in. I am able to accept PayPal.me/RebeccaLynne and Venmo @Rebecca-Smolen or cash. “When you reach out and touch other human beings, it doesn’t matter whether you call it therapy or teaching or poetry.” ~Audre Lorde “The final stage of healing is using what happens to you to help other people.” ~Gloria Steinem

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Back 2 School: 5 Poetic Forms *Session I: The Pastoral*

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