has supported and inspired writers for 45 years. Her books include Like A Beggar, The Human Line, and Mules of Love (poetry), and the best-selling The Courage to Heal. She teaches at Pacific University's low-residency MFA program.
This week will be an opportunity to engage our greatest resources — attention, courage, precision, imagination — in bringing new poems into being. We’ll strive for language that is accurate, fresh, and alive, and you’ll be taught strategies to help write poems whose form, music, rhythm, diction, and meaning work together as an effective whole. We'll help each other to become clearer, go deeper, take new risks.
There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. -Martha Graham