1. The world as it is
  2. Inciting incident
  3. The stakes are raised (and raised)
  4. The turning point
  5. The world as it is now

I'm not going to tell you exactly how I think the poems fits these five structural movements, and you can agree or disagree on that, but I think we can all agree one of the greatest turns in poetry ever happens here:

I remembered,
then, the miscarriage, and before that
the months of waiting: like baskets filled
with bright shapes, the imagination
run wild. And then what arrived:
the event that was nothing, a mistaken idea,
a scrap of charred cloth, the enormous
present folding over the future,
like a wave overtaking
a grain of sand.

Now for the prompt: think of something that your heart does not understand. Your may understand it intellectually, literally, but your heart stubbornly refuses its sense.  Write a parable poem that defends your heart against this thing or person or event that contradicts it, a parable that teaches it a lesson.  Write it using the five parts of story-telling, but resist the urge to tell it straight in any way.  If the thing shows up literally at all in the piece, it shouldn't be until the turn.


Saturday, March 10th -  Portland, OR - Workshop - Intro to Storytelling workshop @ Literary Arts 

Saturday, March 17th - Portland, OR - Workshop - New Moon Workshop + Ritual 

Sunday, March 18th - Portland, OR - Workshop - Performing Your Work @ Literary Arts

March 24th - 27th - Bay Area - Stay tuned

Wednesday, March 28th - Portland, OR - Workshop - Theory of Mind class - Jung's mind maps

Tuesday, April 17th - Los Angeles, CA - Performance - Open Your Mouth Like a Bell show + party at Art Share LA

Wednesday, April 18th - Orange, CA - Performance - Featured reading for TIPP at Ugly Mug Cafe

Thursdays May 3rd - May 24th - Portland, OR - Workshop - Storytelling Intensive @ Literary Arts

Friday, May 18th - Portland, OR - Performance -Book release party at Tillamook Station