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Writing Retreat Inspired by Mary Oliver

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The poet Mary Oliver found something to celebrate in experiences as ordinary as waking up in the morning. In nature, she recognized depth and majesty; poet Maxine Kumin said that Oliver was an "indefatigable guide to the natural world..." The opening to her poem "Fall," "the black oaks/ fling their bronze fruit/ into the pockets of the earth..." gets readers to look more closely to what might otherwise go unnoticed. She didn't take anything for granted; little was considered common; the world's nuances and variations warranted notice. And within them, she found the larger truths.

In this daylong writing retreat, we'll take our inspiration from Oliver's poetry and her teachings on writings.


Tuition: $130.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Friday, Nov. 15 *10:00am - 4:00pm* (1 session*)


Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel


Patrice Vecchione is the author and editor of many books, most recently, the anthology "Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience." Forthcoming in Spring 2020 is "My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice: A Guide to Writing Poetry and Speaking Your Truth."