Friday, October 21, 2011

Fear of Poetry by C. Scott Hagler

In his latest blog post, C. Scott Hagler, director of 3rd Ave Arts and the Sacred Arts Festival talks about overcoming his fear of poetry. Scott attended my workshop last year and he speaks highly of the experience.

He says, "For as long as I can remember I have had a fear of poetry. Not reading poetry, mind you; only writing it. I’m not afraid of haiku, though; I think it presents more of a left-brain challenge that somehow short circuits the fear.

Imagine my surprise at discovering that there’s a word for the fear of poetry: metrophobia. Sounds like the fear of a big city. Or the subway, perhaps. According to, Metrophobia, or the fear of poetry, is surprisingly common. Many people first develop this phobia in school, when overzealous teachers encourage them to rank poems according to artificial scales, break them down and search for esoteric meanings. Others simply feel that poetry is somehow “beyond” them, belonging only to the realm of the pretentious and highly educated...."

Read on about how Scott faced his phobia at his blog Arts Voice.

I am offering another workshop on the 2011 Sacred Arts Festival on Sunday, October 23 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 910 E. 3rd Ave. in Durango. Learn more here.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Poetry Writing Workshop: 10/23/11

Writing Poetry: The Practice of Sacred Language

Writing poems can be a practice to deepen and express our connection to what is sacred in our lives. This workshop will provide contemplative writing exercises along with practice in basic poetic tools such as simile, metaphor, image, word choice and line breaks. All levels are welcome to attend this relaxed writing experience led by poet Renee Podunovich.

Sunday, October 23 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Registration fee is $20; preregistration is appreciated. Please mail your check with “Writing Poetry” in the memo field to 3rd Ave. Arts, 910 E. 3rd Ave., Durango, CO 81301.

Questions? E-mail Festival Director C. Scott Hagler, call (970) 247-1129 ext. 14 or visit

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