The garden: flower garden, vegetable garden, tiny patch on the side of a building, wild place, cultivated place, place of restoration, place of chaos. Many a garden has served as a location for many wonderful poems. We’ll read some great examples of garden poems by a variety of poets, including Sylvia Plath, Ruth Stone, and others, and then if weather allows, we’ll take a walk to the nearby gardens with some of these models in mind to do some “en plein air” writing. I will provide prompts as needed. We’ll return to our workshop location to share our work and our plans for fully “harvesting” our poems.
Julia Lisella is the author of four books of poetry: Our Lively Kingdom (Bordighera Press), named a finalist for the Paterson Book Prize, Always (WordTech Editions), Terrain (WordTech Editions), and the chapbook, Love Song Hiroshima (Finishing Line Press). Her poems are widely anthologized and are forthcoming or have appeared in The Common, Ploughshares, Pangyrus, On the Seawall, Paterson Liteary Review, MER, and many others. She teaches at Regis College and co-curates the Italian American Writers Association Literary Reading Series in Boston.