Jacobsen, Hauge, & Vesaas: Working in Norwegian Concrete--Poem-Making With Jim Moreno

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01/20/2018 - 1:00pm
01/20/2018 - 4:00pm
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This poetry workshop will explore poets of Norway and how there are poets from other genres and cultures that resonate with the earthy themes of the Norwegian poets explored in this 3 hour class. Participants will hear poems of the authors read by Jim, film clips of germane poems, then write and read original poetry.

Olav Hague wrote: Don't bring the ocean if I feel thirsty, nor heaven if I ask for a light; but bring a hint, some dew, a particle, as birds carry only drops away from water, and the wind a grain of salt. And thus was Jim Moreno drawn into the magic of Norwegian poets Hague(How-ga), Rolf Jacobsen, and Tarjei Vesaas (Tard' eI Ver' sos). Moreno: “I was doing research on Imagist poetry when I found a poem by Rolf Jacobsen on a pile of papers, “When They Sleep”. I noticed that Jacobsen's poem gave a glimpse on decreasing political enui in a beautiful fantasy that included brevity, clarity, and imagery, aka Imagism.

Moreno continued: That led to an exploration of literature and quotes by Jacobsen. That in turn, led to Hague and Vesaas and another new world to influence the poesy of beginning and seasoned poets. Adds Moreno: abiggerbrighterworld.com describes the Norwegian poets as “ so much to think about: Norwegian poetry of place and contemplation.” In this tragic time of accelerated hate and ignorance isn't it nice to discover artists who reflect and not react, poets who the above mentioned web site show and not tell the imagery energy and clarity of a Paz, an Oliver, a Kowit, a Rich, a Bly, a Troupe, or a Hirshfield taming if not transforming bigotry and xenophobic thought.