with John McDargh, PhD
At the Arlington Center, Arlington, MA
“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found its words.” – Robert Frost
If we take Frost’s definition of poetry and substituted the term “felt-sense” for the word “emotion”, we might say that the process of focusing is a way that each of us can make poetry of our most ordinary life experience.
This workshop will be a seriously playful and playfully serious exercise in sharing poems that have been significant to us, learning to listen and respond to poetry with our body-self, and trying our hand at writing our own simple poetry by employing focusing’s distinctive practices.
Please bring with you one or two poems to share that have been particularly important to you in your life, your earliest memories of poetry (including perhaps a poem you committed to memory in childhood), and a pad or notebook to write in.