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Poetry and the Spirit: A Workshop for Readers and Writers
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Durango, CO
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Poetry and the Spirit: A Workshop for Readers and Writers
Poetry and the Spirit: A Workshop for Readers and Writers

Saturday, October 6, 1:30-4:00 p.m.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 910 E. 3rd Ave. in Durango
Instructor:  Beth Paulson
Fee for class: $35

"Attentiveness is the natural prayer of the human soul," wrote Paul Celan. Mary Oliver asks, "what is it you plan to do/with your one wild and precious life?"

Reading and writing poetry can be a way to experience the Spirit in our lives and one of the ways we practice spirituality.

In this workshop we will look at selected writings by a few contemporary poets whose work exemplifies poetry as prayer, including Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, and Jane Hirshfield. Additionally, we will discuss reading, writing and using poetry as daily meditation, and we will practice together a few approaches to both widen the scope and deepen the practice of spiritual writing.

Participants will receive packets of poems and lists of suggested meditative writing prompts, activities, and names of journals which publish spiritual writing.  

About Beth Paulson:Beth Paulson's poems have appeared nationally in small magazines and anthologies. She has received three Pushcart Prize nominations, including one in 2010. Her collection, Wild Raspberries, was published by Plain View Press in 2009. Beth taught college writing for over twenty years at California State University Los Angeles. Since 1999 she has lived on Colorado's Western Slope where she teaches writing and creativity workshops. A new collection called Canyon Notes is due out in Fall 2012 from Mount Sneffels Press. You can visit Beth's poetry web site at



St. Mark's Episcopal Church (View)
910 E. 3rd Ave.
Durango, CO 81301
United States

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