Embrace change and the beauty of inconsistence
“There is no certain way that exists permanently… Moment after moment we have to find our own way.”
Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice
The truth of impermanence is timeless, it is not tied to any culture or time period. The nature of life is change. Nothing lasts forever. Nothing endures except change. And yet, rather than fear of change being a source of anxiety, this awareness of impermanence can become a source of joy and wonder for us. John Brehm, in his book The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy, writes, ‘Living in the full knowledge that everything changes changes everything. It loosens our grasp and lets the world become what it truly is, a source of amazement.’ In this Studio, we will use various mindfulness strategies to unlock the joy and wonder of the changing world around us. And we will learn how to develop a mindfulness of impermanence in our writing practice, with examples from such esteemed poets as: Frank O’ Hara, Joanne Kyger, Tim Atkins, Ron Padgett, Ryōkan, Jane Hirschfield, Bashō, Diane di Prima, and many others.
Studios are three week intensive courses. Reading material will be distributed before the course begins. There are no live chats so they are suitable for both UK & International students.
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About Marcus Slease View Profile
Marcus Slease was born in Portadown, N. Ireland. He immigrated to Milton Keynes, England and then Las Vegas at age 11. His writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, featured in the Best British Poetry series, translated into Polish and Danish, and has appeared, or is forthcoming, in many publications such as: Tin House, Poetry, Fog Machine, Little White Lies, Conduit, and Fence. He lives in Madrid, Spain.
‘The Poetry School programmes such thoughtful and unusual courses and enables poets to feel validated, to become more curious, more skilled, more engaged in poetry and the world’