Personal Mythology of Organic Poetry Workshop,
Saturday, October 9 & 10, 2010 (Lit Fuse, Tieton)
In 1912, in the introduction to the 4th edition of his book Symbols of Transformation, Carl Jung asked: What is the myth you are living? Personal Mythology is the name of that myth and you have one, whether you are conscious of it, or not. I can’t tell you what it is, but you can discover your own and, if you don’t like it, you can change it. What is the theme of your life? What patterns inform your activities? This course will help you discover a process of getting deeper into your own consciousness, perhaps to the level of personal myth.
(In my essay What is Consciousness, you can see where I put this in a model of how consciousness manifests. OrganicPoetry.org)
Questions to ponder, What writing project do people associate with you? Is there a subject on which you’d seek to do a saturation job? Do you carry a small notebook in which you can jot down short poems or notes for poems?
A use of speech at its least careless and least logical (Charles Olson.) If you have not read Projective Verse, I can send you a link.
Mind Writing Slogans (I) (Have group read these, two or three each.)
1. Untitled (Matthew Shepard)
2. On Proprioception
3. On Working Class Speech
5. On Milk
Keeping Your Hand (Foot,
Spleen) In It (
I do not compose poetry to show you what I have seen, but rather because I have seen…this poet’s job is not to tell you what it is like, but to make a poem…Not trying to use your poems to prove a point, or address an argument. Not to try to control what they’re (the poems) are doing…but rather to be a kind of audience listening to where the poem is going to go…the practice of outside…Try to forget your own voice…and listen hard for what the language is saying… you yourself are the audience, hearing a voice you’ve trained your ear to receive (emphasis added)… (Bowering 6)
§ Exercise: How I Got Here
§ Exercise: Haibun: (handout)
 In “A Bibliography on
14 years”—the amount of time between the beginning of his Melville studies and his completion of
Call Me Ishmael (Olson 307). Susan Howe worked at least ten years on her book My Emily Dickinson.