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Poetry writing workshop with Justice Schanfarber in Campbell River

I’m happy to be partnering with the Campbell River Arts Council to present this poetry writing workshop –

“Beauty and trouble find you – A simple poetry writing workshop for complex people”

When: Saturday, April 16, Noon-4pm
Where: Sybil Andrews Cottage, 2131 South Island Highway in Willow Point (click for map)
Cost: $40
Registration: Call the Arts Council at 250-923-0213 to register.

Poetry penetrates surfaces and engages a deeper part of us. We each have a poetic voice, and if we are called to use it we will find ourselves gazing into the essential nature of experiences, people and things. The writing of poems is a kind of reporting on what we find. It is a gift to the writer and to the reader, and it is something we can all do.

The focus of this workshop will be less on form, and more about uncovering the essence of what we see or feel, and giving it a voice. This workshop is especially for beginner poets, but all are welcome.

Justice Schanfarber is a mindfulness based therapist, writer, educator and poet who believes that the poetic mind is a source of wisdom, humour and healing. He has self-published two poetry chapbooks since 2012. Read his work at www.wonderstruckpoems.com.

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Barefoot with windows open – A poem

Barefoot with windows open

Photo copyright Sue Angle

 

“Barefoot with windows open”

The things that tear
the heart out of us
are sometimes
very small

limping dog
sleeping child
baby bird
that didn’t
quite
make
it

The little sorrows
will always find
their way in

like sand
in your shoe
flies in the
kitchen

So we might as
well be moved
by the ten thousand
tender moments –

gasp in awe
at the brutality
of caring –
at the loss
that a single
day can bring

And go barefoot
with windows
wide
open

 

© Justice Schanfarber 2013

 

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