Rodger Kamenetz is the author of 10 books of poetry and nonfiction, including The History of Last Night’s Dream and TheJew in the Lotus, an international best seller. Before retiring as Distinguished Professor and Sternberg Honors Chair Professor at Louisiana State University, he held a dual appointment as a Professor of English and Professor of Religious Studies and founded the MFA program in creative writing and the Jewish Studies minor. He lives in New Orleans, where he devotes himself to working with clients who seek spiritual direction through dreams. His latest book of poems, To Die Next To You, is based on his experience with dreamwork.
Poets from Walt Whitman to Elizabeth Bishop have electrified their work with dream energy, and so can you.
Dreams and poems share a common language. Beginning a dialogue between them will help you deepen your understanding of dreams, poetry, and self. A distinguished poet and experienced dream interpreter, Rodger will introduce you to his process of “natural dreamwork” and familiarize you with dream- and poem-topography. You’ll learn to recognize hidden openings in both that lead to new realms of meaning and discover how to evoke reverie, the half-asleep, half-waking state that can deepen your writing. Each day, you and other participants will share your poems and dreams. Then, in an atmosphere of receptivity and gentle awareness, rather than judgment, you’ll write poems from your own dreams and those of others. You’ll explore the work of fellow poets, studying those who have infused their work with the images and energy of their dreams. Bring written versions of several of your own dreams and any poems-in-progress that you’d like to revise — and come ready to divest yourself of any opinions about what makes a “good” or “bad” poem.