POET AS DIVINER: HUNTING THE PLUCK OF POETRY – with Richard Osler
May 16, 2022 - May 26, 2022$3200
Irish poet Seamus Heaney talks of the diviner, “hunting the pluck/ of water” to make contact with what lies hidden. Poet and retreat leader Richard Osler wants to hunt the pluck of poetry and, like Heaney’s diviner, make palpable what was sensed or raised.
Through writing sessions inspired by written meditations on craft, the poems of master Canadian and international poets, and creative prompts, you will become the diviner. Both at La Romita and on our day trips in Umbria and Tuscany you will find hidden insights and transform them into life-giving poems.
And during the retreat, you will have opportunities to be guided by the celebrated paper-art creator and book-maker Terry-Ann Carter to find ways to incorporate your lines of poetry and the lines of others into three-dimensional art objects!
Cut from the green hedge a forked hazel stick
That he held tight by the arms of the V:
Circling the terrain, hunting the pluck
Of water, nervous, but professionally
Unfussed. The pluck came sharp as a sting.
The rod jerked with precise convulsions,
Spring water suddenly broadcasting
Through a green hazel its secret stations.
The bystanders would ask to have a try.
He handed them the rod without a word.
It lay dead in their grasp till nonchalantly
He gripped expectant wrists. The hazel stirred.
Seamus Heaney from Death of a Naturalist, Faber and Faber Ltd, 1973
Richard Osler (68) is a Canadian poet, poetry blogger (recoveringwords.com), retreat leader, and poetry therapist who leads about seventy-five writing retreats and workshops a year in the U.S., Canada, and Italy. He is excited to be coming back to La Romita after leading three other rewarding and productive retreats there. Richard has been short and long-listed for poetry awards in the U.S. and Canada and in 2016 Quattro Books of Toronto published his first full-length poetry collection, Hyaena Season.
“You have given me the gift of poetry through patience, grace, humour and ultimately love, You are a master at holding space for this new voice.”
–Christine L., La Romita, Oct. 2018
“I’d worked briefly with Richard once and knew he would bring big energy and head and heart full of poetry. He did that and more. The more is his uncanny ability to enable people to find their own poetry.”
–Tonya L., La Romita, July 2017
As La Romita School caters to multiple levels of instruction and various forms of the arts, prices will vary by session, season, instructor, and offerings.