Each of us at any given moment has a poem coiled at the center of our lives, a story that must be told. What that story is or how it is revealed may appear to shift, but the story is always there, at times urgent under pressure, at other times rising as quietly and mysteriously as mist from the pond of our being. During this eight-week workshop we will plumb the depths for that which only the letting loose of words on the page can reveal. Our focus will be on writing poems based on what Galway Kinnell termed, “the intimate personal experience of a life.” We’ll write from the concert of heart, mind, and body, with an ear to the music that is intrinsic to poetic dimension. We’ll read poems written by a range of exciting contemporary and classical poets and we’ll participate in routine discussions, which will provide us with inspiration and guidance on the way to writing as many poems as our muse allows and our spirits dare. Writers at all levels of experience can benefit, though the workshop is designed primarily for beginning and intermediate poets who wish to expand their range of expression and knowledge of craft, while generating new poems and having fun.