The WGA and The People’s Poetry Festival Present
Sudden Light: Metaphors and Poetry with Rosemary Griebel
WGA $5 | Non-members/public $10
“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart” wrote Wordsworth, using a metaphor. This powerful literary device structures our dreams, writing and thoughts, and is one of the most essential tools in a poet’s arsenal. How do objects from our everyday life, from nature or history help to arrange and enlarge meaning in our poems? In this workshop we will discuss how metaphors work both as a conceit and as a spark to create depth and surprise, and what makes an effective metaphor. Each participant will leave with suggestions for further readings.
Rosemary Griebel is the author of Yes (Frontenac, 2011) and her poetry has appeared in The Best Canadian Poetry in English, on CBC Radio, literary magazines, anthologies, and on public buses. She received an MA in English from King’s College, University of London, and has studied with numerous writers including Richard Harrison, Patrick Lane and Ada Limón. Most recently she explored her interest in metaphor through an intensive workshop with American poet Kim Addonizio and through Jungian dream courses. When not writing, Rosemary works as the Design Lead for Reader’s Services, at Calgary Public Library. In this role she works with authors and publishers to foster a love of reading.