|Coaxing Nectar From Longing
book of poems by Central New York writer Georgia A. Popoff was released
nationally fall '97 by Hale Mary Press of Syracuse, New York.
A collection of over 50 poems spanning a 20-year period, this book is the
product of many experiences of love, family, introspection, spirit, and
nature. Poet and novelist Joe Cardillo writes:
"Georgia Popoff explores relationships of all
types. She brings her readers up close to a wide range of characters and
passions as she examines the course of longing, memory, healing, and longing
again. These are poems that focus on important issues."
Many of these poems have been previously published in literary journals,
including the Asheville Poetry Review, Comstock Review, Midwest Poetry
Review, Red Brick Review, Salt Hill Journal, The Seasons, and
the Syracuse Cultural Workers': In Praise of the Muse -
Women Artists Datebook 1998.
In Central New York, this collection of poetry may be purchased at Seven
Rays Bookstore, My
Sisters' Words, and Borders Books & Music.
It may also be found at The Bookery
in Ithaca, New York, or on-line through amazon.com,
Copies of the book may also be ordered directly from the author
by filling out and printing the order form below, enclosing a check or
money order for $13.95 each (tax and shipping included), paid to
the order of: Georgia A. Popoff, and mailing it to 112
Judson Street, Syracuse, New York 13210. [Note:
the form cannot be sent via e-mail at this time.]
Also Available: ANGELS AT THE BREAKFAST TABLE, a 90-minute cassette
recording of poems by Georgia A. Popoff, many of which also appear in Coaxing
Nectar from Longing ($9.95 with tax and shipping).
Word Play - a workshop twofold in
focus: immediate writing opportunities to access new poems and revision
strategies to carve the poems out of all those words. By offering
what Richard Hugo refers to as "the triggering town" or a thematic suggestion
to intiate new work, participants generally leave with a draft of a poem
they would not have accessed otherwise, as well as tools for revising the
work we all need to pay so much attention to in bringing them to their
greatest potential. This workshop has been offered at the Austin
International Poetry Festival, and throughout the United States.
Leaving Your Legacy is a memoir
workshop for all ages that offers mapping and brainstorming strategies
for creating one's own memoir. By creating personal timelines, examining
phases of growth and change through life, and reflecting on the spheres
of influence that affect us as people, the tales unfold and the memories
return to be collected and recorded. This is a featured workshop
at the Syracuse YMCA Downtown
Writers Center, a chapter of the national Writers Voice program.
The Lyric of Devotion is a workshop
experience focused on the use of poetry an the expression of the spiritual
aspect of daily life. Participants will be guided into writing experiences
in which they may reflect upon a personal sense of faith, no matter what
their individual practice or expression of that faith may be.
With a non-denominational approach, the
workshop participants will be able to examine individual awarenesses of
spirituality and how they impact their lives and actions. The primary
aspect of this group experience is to utilize the beauty of the poetic
form to delve into this deeper place in the poets' hearts, to create personal
prayers for one's own use, and to share the universality of the notion
of a Higher Power.
This workshop would be experienced in a
progressive series of writing exercises, guided meditation, and group discussion,
to complete the process. After each exercise, a brief period of discussion
and sharing of examples of the exercise will be offered.
Focusing on issues of growth and self-expression,
as well as looking into the "corners" of personal emotion contributes to
an extremely touching and meaningful experience for participants, who are
then offered the tool of writing to further examine and often heal those
delicate issues within themselves, all in a safe and protected environment.
The ultimate objective is a playful, light
workshop experience weaving the nature of poetry and the nature of spiritual
devotion together for all participants so that they may continue to use
their own poems to heighten their personal connection with their spirit.
Please note: This workshop could
be easily adapted for other durations, such as a weekend event or an all-day
Silence, Stillness, and the Natural
is a journaling/poetry workshop, participants gather to examine
the nature of silence and the natural world. In other words, just
how quiet is it? In an afternoon or evening session, the workshop
participants will be involved in a series of exercises that attune the
ear to the sounds of nature and the visions they invoke. By listening
carefully to the natural world around us, we are able to better place ourselves
among the living creatures of our planet. By also taking the next
step of investigating the reactions to those sounds, some of which may
be rooted in dreams or memory, we can explore a whole realm of imagination
and wonder, perhaps even inner adventure.
This class may be tailored to either adults
or young people and still offer a rewarding experience of using words to
reflect the world we live in and our natural place within it. For
adults, a 2.5 - 3 hour session is recommended; for young people, the optimum
timeframe would be 1.5 hours, 2 hours for teens.
Requirements: Writing materials such
as pens, pencils, paper, or a blank book or notebook.
Seizing the Moment: Writing Poetry
of Personal Experience
A 6-week poetry workshop for both new writers
and those who have been at it for a long time. The class will include
writing exercises in each meeting, focusing on different themes of personal
experience, plus critique among the group to allow growth in style and
expression for each participant. Most of all, it will entail having
fun with words and allow for telling the stories of our lives in the form
In each session, the participants will
first be immersed in a writing exercise to open the channels of creative
thought. Each workshop exercise will focus on memory, sensory awareness,
and unlocking the door to free self-expression. The other purpose
is to provide a common stimulus to the class and allow them to, in turn,
see how personal interpretation and perspective can vary, yet maintain
similarity among people, depicting the nature of the individual vs. the
universal, a dominant theme to be examined throughout the sessions.
Basic poetic devices will be explained
and exercises working with various prosodies and aspects of the craft of
writing poetry will also be considered throughout the development of the
series to allow the participants an opportunity to play with form and texture
within their own poetry.
The overall goal of the series is to delve
into the place of memory and personal history to share the human experience,
as well as encourage the poets to share the wonderful and profound stories
of their lives.
Please note: This workshop could
be easily adapted for shorter durations, such as a weekend event or an
Georgia A. Popoff has presented workshops
in schools, community centers, bookstores, cafes, adult education
centers, poetry festivals, and youth detention facilities. In taking
the spirit of poetry and the creative process into a light and relaxed
focus, she shows that the heart of a poet does exist within each of us,
if we just journey to it.
Word Play for Primary Grades
K & 1: Word Play - The Alphabet Poem. In the
likeness of former Poet Laureate, Robert Pinksy, I have created a poem
with each successive words beginning with the letters of the alphabet.
These are individually placed around the room for the children to discover
prior to the residency. After reading poetry to the children, they
are then led on a scavenger hunt to collect the words and piece the poem
together. An active and fun activity to incorporate letter recognition,
numbers, word roots, rhyme, and cooperation.
2 & 3: Word Play – The Poet’s Journey. This program
involves first reading poetry to the class with question and answer about
the meanings and the unlimited possibility of expression through poetry,
as well as stimulate imagination. The process of writing their own
poetry is then initiated, the goal being to write a poem to send to someone
the student knows who lives elsewhere, with discussion as to where each
will be mailing their final poem, and marking it on the map, thus including
a geography component to the residency. Basic lessons on prosody,
or how a poem is constructed, along with positive commentary and revision
of the work, is included, and final performance of the poems within the
classroom to encourage pride in the work and confidence in speaking before
Grades 4 – 6: Word Play – The Poet’s Journey. The
same basic program as above but with greater emphasis on the writing skills.
Planet Peace: A interdisciplinary group poem experience
in which the class is guided to first define the parameters of their own
planet, and then create a group poem about that planet, interspersed with
lessons on geography, science, weather, ethics, cooperation, and
language arts. The only two parameters imposed at the onset are that
it is a planet of peace and respect. Otherwise, anything goes!!!
This program proves to be a very animated, imaginative adventure in thought
Middle and High School:
The World of Words: A basic poetry workshop with immediate
writing exercises and the recitation of poems to break down the barriers
many students have in creating their own work. Explanation of the
elements of prosody that make a poem different from other literary forms
and a reading of the work to encourage students to hone their skills at
public speaking are also a part of this creative workshop experience.
Poetry Slam in the Schools: The current movement of competitive
performance poetry is brought to the schools in an ongoing event throughout
the day with a slam at last period for the students to strut their poetic
voices in the spirit of healthy competition. This can be incorporated
with The World of Words for a longer residency.
The Voice of Politics: In a combination workshop/lecture
experience, the works of poets showing insight to various social movements
can be experienced in the classroom, permitting innovative learning for
students regarding history, sociology, and American literature, global
studies, and the poetry of these influences in particular. Then,
these awarenesses are directly expressed by the writing portion within
English classes in the latter portion of the residency period. At
the end of the 5-day residency period, a school assembly program could
be offered, involving students as well as the workshop facilitator, to
present a reading of the work of noted poets and new student poetry created
during the experience to the student population at large.
Teachers’ In-Service Programming
The Community of Syllables and Words:
This discussion shows teachers ways of using poetic forms such as haiku,
tanka, and cinquains as a method of bringing young readers to an engaging
way of understanding the structure of words and syllables that form language.
Nature and the Poem -
Seeing with New Vision: Nature and the student’s environment
are ripe sources of inspiration. With a series of different suggestions
for experiencing the world around them, students are opened not only to
new perceptions but exciting poetic possibilities. This discussion
offers creative visualizations, imagination journeys, and exercises to
trigger new work.
Breath and the Poem - Demystifying Poetic
Structure: In the last half of the 20th Century, poetry
moved from more structured forms and traditions into innovations of free
verse. Contemporary poetry is structured more on the sense of the
line and how breath affects the poem in the reading. Georgia will
discuss ways of reading poems from this perspective and teaching students
how to scan their own writings to make decisions so it "looks like a poem."
This same basic principle can be taught from the primary grades through
Programs may also be developed and tailored to individual schools and
curricula. More detailed proposals and letters of recommendation
available upon request.
Feel free to discuss options and programming
with Georgia Popoff at (315) 472-8789 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest in Angel Light workshops.