ROXBURY – Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents The Animals in Our Lives, a six-week poetry workshop with Lynn Domina, April 5-May 10. The course will be held online from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. Once registered and paid, participants will receive instructions for joining the course.
Remember that gerbil you had as a child, how you took her outside one morning, how she ran away, and how anxious you were until you found her? Or think of that hummingbird you saw humming outside your window last summer – what metaphors could you use to describe that hummingbird? Or, how is the hummingbird a metaphor for you and your life? When you hear the word “animal”, do you first think of all the animals that have disappeared from our lives due to extinction?
In this workshop we will write poems in response to animals – the cuddly and the fierce, the awesome and the ugly, those who are here now and those who are no longer here. We will particularly focus on how concrete imagery and figurative language can enhance our craft. The instructor will provide optional prompts as well as many sample poems.
Domina is the author of numerous books, including two collections of poetry, Corporal Works and Framed in Silence. His recent poetry appears or is forthcoming in The Alaska Quarterly Review, The Museum of Americana, The New England Review, Stone Canoe, and many other periodicals and anthologies. After living for many years in Delhi, she moved to Marquette, Michigan in 2015. She is currently Head of the English Department at Northern Michigan University and Creative Writing Editor for The Other Journal. Read more on www.lynndomina.com.