What Samuel Taylor Coleridge called the “ego nocturnos” or the night-self is a prime source of poetry—if you know how to map it. Students will be encouraged to begin and maintain a dream journal that will be used in the writing of their poetry. Judith Duerk, American psychotherapist and author has commented “sometimes dreams alter the course of an entire life.” The importance of paying attention to your own dream life will be emphasized and discussed during this salon, and concrete methods for incorporating some of the imagery from dreams into poetry will be the focus. Students will discuss with the instructor how an understanding of Carl Jung’s dream archetypes and of their own personal or recurring dream symbols can help them unleash a more creative unconscious mind, which results in more vivid poetic imagery. During the salon, students will write and present poetic work that incorporates their own dream imagery and discuss in a friendly and collaborative environment how keeping a dream journal benefits the writing of innovative poetry.
Classes run 8 weeks and meet once a week in 2 hour sessions.
This class meets on location at the Poetry Center of Chicago, located in the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St., Pedway East. After registering you will receive an email with further instructions.
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Please note: the course schedule for the On Location classes can be found on the last page of the schedule.