Poetry as Altar: Creating Space for the Sacred


Come write with me online February 2018!

“In certain ways writing is a form of prayer.”—Denise Levertov

Día de los Muertos, retablos, and ofrendas will serve as models for our poems in this workshop. Altars create a sacred space in the home and are used as a place of prayer and worship, reflection and meditation or song. They can function as sites where family history is actively preserved, where loved ones are celebrated and remembered with pictures and artifacts. The Mexican home altar tradition is centuries old, but it is not the only culture to embrace the art of the home altar—Buddhism, Hinduism, Wicca, and Santeria are a few examples of other faiths that have a home altar tradition.

We will explore the altar tradition and build our own poetry altars, following the traditions of many contemporary poets of the sacred such as Kaveh Akbar, Marilyn Nelson, José Araguz, Rigoberto González, Jane Hirshfield, Mary Szybist, Leila Chatti, Ross Gay, and Rosebud Ben-Oni. Join us in laying marigolds and sweet bread and whatever items or images are sacred to you upon the altars of our poems.

4 weeks, online, no set class meetings, work at your own pace, create & receive feedback on four new poems throughout February. $300. Sign up online at The Poetry Barn!



1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. marandarussell
    Nov 18, 2017 @ 20:24:27

    Great post!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: