As poets, we all have images we carry around with us, sometimes for years, sometimes even since childhood. Vivid, Technicolor images that haunt our conscious minds, but more likely are performing intricate machinations in our unconscious imaginations. But what is that obsessive image ultimately trying to tell us? Do we put it on the back burner because we’re so busy … or because we’re afraid of it? The goal of this workshop is to take on these obsessive images without fear and to use them as keys to unlocking the poems they are meant to become. We will be like hermit crabs, taking on our obsessive images as we see fit as we sojourn down our beach. This workshop promises to provide a big dose of fun, a smidgen of angst and risk-taking, but, most importantly, we’ll learn a little something about ourselves. Along the way, we’ll also find out: Just what is it with Elizabeth Bishop and that big fish anyway?
Part One of the Workshop
We’ll start out with discussions of Elizabeth Bishop’s “The Fish”, “Filling Station,” and “Sandpiper” then do exercises to get our obsessions running on overdrive.
For one of the exercises, be sure to bring a blindfold, something to write with and something to write on (blood … a stone tablet …).
Part Two of the Workshop
Share with the workshop teacher and other participants two to three obsessive poems you’ve been working on at home.
We will look at all of these poems intently and gently share key observations.
Be sure to bring enough copies to pass out.Limited Enrollment
About Rebecca Dyer
Rebecca “Becca” Dyer is a poet, teacher, editor and journalist. She is co-founder/co-editor of the start-up nonprofit Blue Guitar literary and arts magazine, spotlighting the works of Arizona writers and artists; The Blue Guitar Jr. literary and arts magazine for Arizona youth; and Unstrung, a magazine of, for and about poetry. Rebecca has been a poet for more than 30 years and teaches creative writing and poetry through the start-up nonprofit Arizona Consortium for the Arts and has taught at Mesa Community College. A longtime member of Arizona State University’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Rebecca earned her BA in journalism from the University of Arizona and her MFA in creative writing/poetry from ASU, studying under Beckian Fritz Goldberg, Alberto Álvaro Ríos and Norman Dubie and then Carolyn Forché through the Piper Center workshops. Now the Page One copy-editor at The Arizona Republic after almost 25 years at the East Valley Tribune, most recently as news editor, Rebecca also teaches editing at ASU’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Born and raised in Tucson, Rebecca now lives in Mesa with her husband, Rick, a journalist, photographer, artistic welder/metal sculptor and her co-editor for the nonprofit literary and arts magazines. Rebecca has two forthcoming chapbooks of poetry, “Sanctuary: Love Poems” and “What We’ve Come Here For.”Register