Writing Down The Music Of Your Life
Painting courtesy of Peter Mayor
For over twenty years, the poets of Writing Down the Music Of Your Life have met to hone their craft and discuss the art of writing poetry under the inspired direction of Doraine Poretz, an established poet and teacher in the Los Angeles area.
The discovery of each writer's voice, the exchange of social, spiritual and philosophical ideas— as well as the affirmation of the artist's value in contemporary society—have given the group its purpose and meaning.
"I'll play it first and tell you what it means later."
- Miles Davis
The Art of The Poem
To create a poem that “works”, one that is alive, one has to“dream awake” and
enter the Mystery. The writer enters into the Mystery and the poem by:
*Exploring primordial images--tarot, Jungian/mythic archetypes
*Reading and interpreting contemporary poems
*Musing on philosophical quotes
*Using visual art and music to inspire
Rewriting is essential through:
*Attention to rhythms, line breaks
*Word choice, fresh imagery
The Writing Atmosphere is:
* Intimate; individualized attention
*Attentive to craft
*Replete with on-the-spot professional editing & suggestions
Rewards are manifold:
*A heightened awareness of one’s inner world
*An energizing of the senses
*A refinement of a capacity for empathy & compassion
*A powerful, well-crafted poem
The poets of Writing Down The Music Of Your Life share their work.
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Writing Down The Music Of Your Life at the Venice Library