Whiteboard, whiteboard markers, dry erase eraser, copies of the lesson
and worksheets for each participant, pictures of local scenery,
vocabulary words written on flashcards that convey meaning through
pictures and colour translated into participants’ first language when
possible, baskets of local sensory items, such as: bamboo, bark, beeswax
candle, blooms, candlelight, carving, flower, fur, hedgehog, jade, leaf,
pinecones, ridges, rock, sage, stone, sweetgrass, turtle, quartz.
The instructor welcomes participants. We go around the circle with each
person introducing himself or herself. Then, a volunteer reads the
opening poem about paying attention to the beauty of nature. The poem is
read a few times.
Breathe Deeply Nature’s Inner World
Breathe deeply moments in the stillness, what the moss on the maple
tells us, or each angle of sunlight reveals, and remember to let the
trees and flowers and colours speak.
There may be discussion about slowing down and relaxing in nice places
and observing details. Good writing uses details. We can pretend that
parts of nature have a story to tell us and that it’s our job to
listen and write it down.
Excerpted from "How To Write Poetry" by Cynthia Sharp. Copyright © 2014 by Cynthia Sharp. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Excerpts are provided solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
Cynthia Sharp has been published and broadcast internationally. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies on five continents and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize & Best of the Net Anthology. She enjoys the beauty of nature on the west coast, where she is at work on her newest poetry collection.
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