This is my 25th year of teaching Dreamworks--writing poetry from dreams--at the University of Tennessee, and I'm still amazed by the quality of the work. More than the "regular" writing workshops, the poems spurred by dreams tend to be wilder, more inventive, and to have mythic tinges. The work is too unusual to have been invented--in dreams the creative process is ongoing, and we tap into it.
I have 19 year-olds and 35 year-olds writing side-by-side. They need a sense of adventure, a love of mystery, the ability to recall their dreams and the willingness to explore them. They need one prior class in poetry writing (this is the deep water, and diving equipment is very useful.)
The journey begins this week with the first set of inspired poems. May I be a worthy guide!
Causes Marilyn Kallet Supports
Southern Poverty Law Center, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, ACLU, Amnesty International, Save Darfur.