Poetry workshop set for Thursday


Staff report



LAURINBURG — The Storytelling and Arts Center of the Southeast will open literacy month on Thursday with a free “poetry night” program.

Local poet Beth Copeland will present “Erasures: Writing Poems on Alzheimer’s and Memory Loss.” at 7 p.m. at the storytelling center.

Copeland will show and discuss a short film of her original poem “Falling Lessons: Erasure One,” a poem inspired by her late father’s struggle with Alzheimer’s. She created the poem by erasing portions of a longer poem to reflect his memory loss.

Motionpoems, a nonprofit arts organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, sponsored the film through a partnership with VIDA: Women in Literature. Video artist Anh Vu selected Copeland’s poem as the subject of her film.

After showing the film and discussing the poem, Copeland will present an interactive workshop on writing erasure poems, using passages from Jack London’s The Call of the Wild, articles about Alzheimer’s, and assorted poems.

No poetry or writing experience is needed, and materials will be provided.

From information, visit storyartscenter.org or call the Storytelling and Arts Center at 910-277-3599.

Staff report

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