Your Ah Haa Moment: Judyth Hill Teaches WildWriting

[click “Play” to hear Susan’s conversation with Judyth Hill]


Judyth 1 Poet and author Judyth Hill is scheduled to be a guest instructor at Telluride’s Ah Haa School for the Arts. Her workshop take place Friday – Sunday, July 29 – July 31, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The subject is WildWriting.

WildWriting is an innovative process that encourages us to coax our minds into a Zen-like state of deep listening and at the same time remain open to the sensuous stuff we know, see, feel, hear, remember, forget, taste, and ponder. Weaving together what we understand with what we experience generates WildWriting.

Beginning to seasoned writers are encouraged to attend and develop a supple, supportive community. Judyth also provides a wealth of hand-outs with this class, lively, inspiring offerings of the Dharma Lineage of great poetry: Rilke, Rumi, Mirabai, Neruda, Dylan Thomas as well as reading lists of fabulous anthologies, and resources for making, performing, and publishing your own poems.

The following is Judyth’s internationally acclaimed poem, Wage Peace,written just after 9/11:

Wage Peace with your breath.

Breathe in firemen and rubble,
breathe out whole buildings and flocks of red wing blackbirds.

Breathe in terrorists
and breathe out sleeping children and fresh mown fields.

Breathe in confusion and breathe out maple trees.

Breathe in the fallen and breathe out lifelong friendships intact.

Wage peace with your listening: hearing sirens, pray loud.

Remember your tools: flower seeds, clothes pins, clean rivers.

Make soup.

Play music, memorize the words for thank you in 3 languages.

Learn to knit, and make a hat.

Think of chaos as dancing raspberries,
imagine grief
as the outbreath of beauty
or the gesture of fish.

Swim for the other side.

Wage peace.

Never has the world seemed so fresh and precious:

Have a cup of tea and rejoice.

Act as if armistice has already arrived.

Celebrate today.

To learn more about WildWriting, click the play button and listen to Judyth Hill’s interview.

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