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Deepening the Poem

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Jeremy Levie
Mark Doty
with Mark Doty and Jeremy Levie
July 22-27


Opening the poem to possibilities, meanings and contradictions.

Most of us start out writing at a surface level and find that, as we continue to work with a poem, we reach into deeper layers of meaning, finding possibilities we couldn't have seen at the beginning. This workshop is designed to help participants open and complicate their poems. Reaching further through writing exercises and meditation, we'll allow our poems-in-progress to become more wholly themselves.

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Jeremy Levie

Yo-on Jeremy Levie has lived and practiced at San Francisco Zen Center since 1995. He was ordained by Eijun Linda Cutts in 2005 and trained as shuso (head monk) with her in 2009. He currently serves as tanto at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

Mark Doty

Mark Doty's Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. He has published eight books of poems and four volumes of nonfiction prose including Dog Years, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2007. He has received several other awards and honors and currently teaches and lives in New York.