Medicine Play: A Workshop on Poetry, Voice, Performance with writer-in-residence Andrew Schelling

June 2, 2015 - June 5, 2015

Presented in collaboration with Woodland Pattern Book Center.


Fee: $200/$185 for members of Lynden or Woodland Pattern (one discount only). Register by phone at 414-446-8794.

Lynden Sculpture Garden and the Woodland Pattern Book Center offer an intensive workshop at Lynden with writer-in-residence Andrew Schelling. In addition to the scheduled hours, each participant will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with Andrew Schelling for individualized feedback and discussion of his or her work. The workshop will begin with a reading by Schelling at Woodland Pattern on May 31 at 2 pm, and will culminate in a reading by participants, followed by a reception, at Lynden on Friday, June 5 at 8 pm.

Medicine Play: A Workshop on Poetry, Voice, Performance
The most archaic examples of poetry show where the craft begins: in the voice. To the Indo-European world this primal force was known as VĀK. Seen by some as a deity, she “voices” the universe into existence. We’ll explore phonetics, rhythm, magic speech, the meaning of “meaningless” language, animal talk, repetition, song, and other vocal techniques. From there we’ll look to Japanese Noh plays. The Noh is a Japanese medicine theater with roots in the Paleolithic; it reached high refinement under the influence of Zen. American poets including Ezra Pound and Leslie Scalapino have drawn on the form to respond to crisis. Working with Noh we’ll allow a range of voices into the writing. Alone or in groups to compose medicine plays. To envision realms of folklore, ghost, and chorus. To set them loose in a postmodern world.

About Andrew Schelling

Andrew Schelling has published twenty books. Love, wilderness, old languages, the power of animals and plants run through his poetry. He has worked on wolf reintroduction to the Southern Rockies, opposed egregious cell phone towers, taught poetry, and translated from the languages of India, largely Sanskrit and old dialects. His first book Dropping the Bow: Poems from Ancient India, received the Academy of American Poets translation prize. In April 2014 he and three other poets did A PAIR OF TREES OPENS A NEW LIFE, a tree-planting poetry-walk along the John Muir Way in Scotland, a hike of 130 miles from Dunbarton to Helensborough. Recent books include From the Arapaho Songbook and A Possible Bag (poetry), The Real People of Wind & Rain: Talks, Essays and an Interview, a volume of translations, Bright as an Autumn Moon, and the anthology Love and the Turning Seasons. He lives along the Indian Peaks, outside Boulder, Colorado, where he teaches at Naropa University. He is also a founding arts faculty at Deer Park Institute, in India’s bird-thronged Himalayan foothills.

Dates at Lynden: June 2-June 5

Tuesday, June 2 - 6-9 pm
Wednesday, June 3 - 6-9 pm
Thursday, June 4 - 6-9 pm
Friday, June 5 - 6-8 pm (with a reading and reception at 8 pm)

Related Events

Sunday, May 31 - 2 pm
Reading: Andrew Schelling
$6-$8; free to participants in Medicine Play: A Workshop on Poetry, Voice, Performance
This event takes place at Woodland Pattern Book Center, 720 E. Locust St. Milwaukee, WI 53212

Friday, June 5 - 8 pm
Workshop Reading & Celebration
Participants in the workshop will offer a reading of work produced during the week followed by a reception.
This event takes place at the Lynden Sculpture Garden.

Both events are open to the public.

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