Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose. Or is it? Is a rose ever 'just' a rose? Is that flower you see on the side of the road just tansy, or could it also be a cluster of golden buttons from your grandmother's cardigan?
In this generative writing workshop, you'll have the opportunity to observe various species of flowers and generate ideas for and drafts of your own poetry. We'll read examples of poetry that uses flower imagery and/or flower behavior to explore human emotions and issues. We'll then go for a trail walk, noticing the flowers that surround us: what they look like, what they're doing, how we can see ourselves in them, how our presence impacts them. Participants will have the opportunity to spend time exploring on their own and responding to themed writing prompts. Then we'll reconvene to share our experiences: what we wrote, observed or thought about.
This workshop is open to writers with any or no previous experience-all are welcome!
salvation burnette teaches in the Writing Studies Program at Emerson College. THey are the author of laughing plastic (Broken Sleep Books) and Special Ultimate: Baby's Story: a Documentary (Ghost City Press). Their poetry has been published in Pinwheel, Homology Lit., SIxth Finch, and elsewhere.