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Afternooon Workshop: Recasting the Masters
2:00 to 4:00 PM at Emerson Umbrella for the Arts, 40 Stow Street, Concord, MA

In the afternoon workshop, Dillon Bustin will demonstrate how he has created musical settings of pieces by Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. He will also show how the lyrical sensibility led to the singer/songwriter phenomenon in the twentieth century, and how such techniques can be applied to blank verse and passages of prose.

Registration Fee $25.

Evening Concert: Dillon Bustin Sings Thoreau! "Songs From Walden Pond"
8:00 PM. Poems and Prose by Henry David Thoreau set to music by Dillon Bustin and Grey Larsen. Performance to take place at The Chapel at Concord Academy, 166 Main Street, Concord, MA

A modern-day bard--Bustin's earthy soothing voice and merry musical arrangements bring to life the poetry and poetry-in-prose of the 19th century Concord sage. Accompanied by flute, cello, french horn, piano and percussion.

"During the Romantic Movement, poets were intrigued with the idea that in the ancient world poetry was sung to instrumental accompaniment, especially to a lyre, or lap harp. Lyrical poetry in the nineteenth century was an attempt to emulate the feel of sung verses, and poets turned not to opera or art song for inspiration, but rather to folk songs and street ballads. The stanzas and refrains of popular songs provided lessons in how to compose verses with rhythm and rhyme that could be easily memorized and repeated orally. Many poems of the period, such as Emerson's famous 'Concord Hymn,' were intended to be sung at public events." ...Dillon Bustin

Admission: $10

Both Workshop & Concert: $30
For information or reservations, call 978-371-0820

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Building the Better Poem

Wednesdays, 7-9, 6 weeks, $200 (members, $160)
Start date: June 15
Joan Houlihan, Instructor

This workshop focuses on the development of poetic craft by examining the essential devices and techniques that make a poem successful. Participants will explore these techniques in exercises and by submitting their work for group critique.

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New Seeds for Writing

Saturday, May 7, 1-4 pm Fee: $35 (CPC members, $28)
Sophie Wadsworth, Instructor

”Poems would be easy if our heads weren't so full of the day's clatter. The task is to get through to the other side, where we can hear the deep rhythms that connect us with the stars and the tides.”--Stanley Kunitz

This workshop offers a day of exploring poetry, writing, and discovering new ideas on the page. Poems by poets ranging from E.E. Cummings to Rumi will offer inspiration, and we’ll explore what makes poetry accessible, full of music, and spiritually vital. Emphasis will be on discovering our own wildest ideas. We’ll try a variety of writing exercises to begin new poems, and talk about ways to cultivate-- or deepen-- a writing practice. Both beginning and experienced writers welcome. Poems and related articles will be provided.

Sophie Wadsworth's Bio

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Wallace Stevens: Choices of the Imagination

Tuesdays, 7-9 pm, 5 weeks, $150 (members, $120)
Start date: April 12
Michael Perrow, Instructor

Many consider Stevens the essential voice of 20th century modern poetry, whose strong influence is evident throughout much of the contemporary canon. Exactly 50 years since his death, how does Stevens'influence stack up against the confessionals, the New York school, the neo-surrealists, the language poets? In this five-week seminar, we will explore his major poems and -- time permitting -- everything in between, closely reading to discover style, thematic obsessions, and the choices of a poetic imagination that will inform your own decisions in the creative process.

Michael Perrow's Bio

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Mission of the Center

The Concord Poetry Center (CPC) seeks to provide activities and services for poets, poetry-lovers, students of poetry and teachers throughout metro-west Boston. Located in the Emerson Umbrella for the Arts Building in the heart of Concord, CPC serves as a community for poets and poetry-lovers as well as a place for poetry courses, workshops, seminars, publication consultations, readings, and performances. CPC serves the many unaffiliated poets in the Greater Boston area who wish to improve their writing skills as well as those who simply want to hear and enjoy poetry with others.

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The Concord Poetry Center is a self-contained program sponsored by the Emerson Umbrella for the Arts cultural organization and shares its facilities as well as its non-profit status and Board of Directors. More at: Who We Are and History of CPC


As a resident program within Emerson Umbrella for the Arts, CPC has access to the use of auditoriums and a number of large and small rooms. The Center is easily accessible by commuter rail and car for the many individuals and families who come to Concord for its exceptional historic and artistic attractions.

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