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Poetry and the Natural World

In the first section of this two-hour workshop, Allan will read various poems about the natural world with commentary, from Thoreau through John Thompson and American poet Mary Oliver, just to give you a taste of what’s been done. For the second part, Allan will bring along a box of natural objects for participants to write about. You can also bring your own, if you wish. Pick an object that appeals to you, and then Allan will lead you through a three-part writing exercise. He will leave lots of room for questions and discussions as well.

Allan Cooper

Allan Cooper has published nineteen collections of poetry, has twice won the Alfred G. Bailey Award for poetry and received The Fiddlehead Poetry Book Prize. He is the founder of Owl’s Head Press and is also a songwriter and performer. His recent musical projects include Rosedale and Songs for a Broken World. He divides his time between his ancestral home in Alma, New Brunswick, and Riverview.  

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