Poetry workshop with Dane Cervine

Mondays, 6-8pm Nov 26 - Dec 17

Everywhere I’ve ever been,
a poet had been there before me. 
—Sigmund Freud

The intersection of Poetry, Meditation, and Therapy can be found in the single exclamatory word of ATTENTION—as in the old Zen story of life’s secret. Or in Freud and Jung’s assertion that the goal of life is to make the unconscious conscious, lest it direct your life and you will call it fate. Meditation and therapy are two forms of profound attention that can intersect, in that ancient Chinese/Japanese sense, of Kado: The Way of Poetry. Poetry as an act of radical attention, as a way of life . . . rooted in a meditative, psychologically sophisticated alphabet of expressed consciousness. This workshop examines the intersection, the inclusion, the collision, of these three modes of awareness in the development of poetic consciousness, and the ways one can embody this collision in Word. 

Class meets at the Catamaran Center for the Literary Arts, 1050 River St. Suite #118

Dane’s new book will be included in the registration package: The Gateless Gate – Polishing the Moon Sword, as a working example of the interface between poetics and meditation, since it plays off of Zen koans.

Dane Cervine is a long-time poet, Buddhist meditator, and therapist interested in the intersection between his three passions. He was nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Poetry Prize, won the 2013 Atlanta Review Poetry Prize, and the 2013 Morton Marcus Poetry 2nd Prize. His most recent poetry collection is entitled The Gateless Gate - Polishing the Moon Sword. Previous books include Kung Fu of the Dark Father, How Therapists Dance, and The Jeweled Net of Indra. His poems have been chosen by Adrienne Rich and Tony Hoagland for awards, and appear in a wide variety of journals including The Hudson Review, The SUN Magazine, Sycamore Review, Catamaran, Red Wheelbarrow, numerous anthologies, newspapers, video & animation. Look for his essays at TriQuarterly, CONTRARY, and The Turning Wheel. Visit his website at: www.DaneCervine.typepad.com 

Workshop Outline:

I. Poetry, Meditation, and Therapy: Points of Origin

II.   How participation in one art opens the other two—and creates synergy

III.   How meditation can still/open the mind to unlock its language

IV.   How psychological inquiry can make the “unconscious conscious”

V.    Putting it all together: Kado, the Way of Poetry