OSHR 1385 - The Practice of Pondering: Contemplation and Poetry

  • Noncredit

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Abba Jacob said,
"Contemplation is both the highest act
of being human, and humanity’s highest language."
-Marilyn Nelson from "How to Be Human Now: The Contemplative Life"

How might contemplative components be integrated into writing poetry? In what ways can writing become a practice? How can our poetry benefit from what poet Marilyn Nelson calls "communal pondering?"

In this class, we will experiment with (brief and informal) meditation, journaling, stream-of- consciousness writing, and other techniques in an effort to cultivate a deeper writing experience both in and out of the classroom. Through readings, guided exercises, and reflective writing, we’ll endeavor to reach new creative heights. Come with an open mind and plenty of ink in your pen.

New writers are welcome.

Please Note: No class on November 21

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.

Instructors

Chloe Leisure

Chloé Leisure holds an M.A. from Northern Arizona University and an M.F.A. in Poetry from Colorado State University. A former CSU English Instructor, she currently teaches community and elementary school enrichment creative writing classes. Leisure was the 2014 Fort Collins Poet Laureate and is the author of the chapbook, The End of the World Again.

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