A Benefit for The Nature of Words
April 6, 2013 9:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. at The Nature of Words Literary arts Center 224 NW Oregon Avenue, downtown Bend
Please bring a notebook and writing utensil and a sack lunch.
“First thought, best thought” said Allen Ginsburg and William Blake: the wonders of that first inspiring rush of words to paper. “First thought, worst thought” says poet Kim Addonizio, and sends us to making those words stronger through artful revision.
Join Bend poet Judith Montgomery on April 6th for a poetry workshop that celebrates and explores both First Words (Vision) and Second Thoughts (Re/Vision). For inspiration, we’ll unwrap poems by poets such as Mark Strand and Jane Hirshfield, then write twice from a basket of prompts to generate our own first visions.
Poets will be invited to share their work. Then, we’ll turn our minds and hands to identify ways to open and strengthen these and all “first words”: how to see and hear that early-draft poem anew, name the “bells” that signal a need for more attention, and master the nuts and bolts of revising the poem toward its pure voice.
Although she usually prefers not to use her own poems, Judy will offer as examples some of her own published work in various stages of revision. We’ll complete the day with new drafts, new ways to think about them, and a sheaf of handouts to help keep the energy going for those next moments of fire and inspiration.
Judith H. Montgomery’s poems appear in Cimarron Review, Measure, Hunger Mountain, High Desert Journal, and Cave Wall, among other journals, as well as in several anthologies. Her essay “Shiver-Man” appears in Poem, Revised: 54 Poems, Revisions, Discussions (Marion Street Press, 2008). She’s been awarded residencies from Soapstone, Caldera, and Hypatia; and prizes in poetry from the National Writers Union, Americas Review, The Bellingham Review, and elsewhere, as well as several nominations for Pushcart prizes. Her chapbook, Passion, received the 2000 Oregon Book Award for poetry. Her second collection, Red Jess, appeared in February 2006 (Cherry Grove Collections); her second chapbook, Pulse & Constellation, was a finalist for the Finishing Line Press Competition and appeared in 2007. With the aid of fellowships in poetry from Literary Arts and the Oregon Arts Commission, she is working on a new manuscript, Ambiguous Gift. She is a frequent judge for poetry competitions, and loves to talk about poetry. She lives in Bend with her husband and Springer spaniel, Ruby.
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The Nature of Words
The mission of The Nature of Words is to strengthen and support the literary arts and humanities in the High Desert region of the Northwest through community interaction with acclaimed authors, and through creative writing programs for youth and adults.