ANNOUNCING A POETRY WRITING CLASS
taught by writing Instructor Eric Nelson
JUNE 13 -19, 2010
From Journaling to Publishing in Journals
Focus on the process of writing and publishing poetry,
beginning with journal prompts and moving through a
series of revisions with attention to concrete and abstract
language, imagery, metaphor, music, and other tools of the
poet. Create four or five finished poems ready to submit to
literary journals and gain valuable "do's and don'ts" for
submitting poetry manuscripts to editors and publishers.
All levels welcome.
SMALL UGLY GOD
To the untended water-garden
By our back steps a frog has come.
For a time we knew it only by a splash
When we opened the door, splash
And tremble of the horse tails and umbrella grass.
Then, sometimes, if we kept still we’d spot
Between the green mesh its dark, volcanic back
Jutting from the water and its eyes – black holes
Drawing us in, sizing us up – before it slid
Beneath the surface not breaking the surface.
Rarely, rarely now it will freeze on the water’s edge
And let us watch as long as we remain well
Within ourselves – unlike ourselves – barely
Breathing before the small ugly god overlooking
The world it brought our senses to.
by Eric Nelson
First published in The Oxford American
A FIELD OF TREES
At the out-of-business Christmas tree farm,
The unchosen have grown
So large they aren’t Christmas trees
Like former child stars
They have at last
Become themselves. Starless
They grew into their names – pine, spruce, fir –
Spreading upward and out, filling
The gaps where the others once were,
The ones with one life,
by Eric Nelson
First published in Batteau
and reprinted in the chapbook
The Twins, Split Oak Press 2009