By DANA DUGAN
Express Staff Writer
"When I read and introduce my
poems, I give my true view through the informal language of
conversation," poet William Studebaker said. "My readings are
conversation between me and the audience. This is not to say there's
dialogue, rather there is two-way understanding."
Poet and outdoorsman William
Studebaker. Courtesy photo
An Idaho native, poet and author of prose and creative nonfiction,
Studebaker, is a columnist for the Times-News in Twin Falls. He also
writes for Idaho magazine, Paddler magazine and Tertulia magazine, an
electronic publication, as well as other national and regional
publications. He also runs the Outdoor Program at the College
of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls.
Studebaker is giving a free poetry
workshop, "Poetry as Mandala" Saturday, Feb. 21, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at
The Community Library in Ketchum.
At 6 p.m. he’ll read and present a
slide show from his book "Travelers in an Antique Land" a
spiritual guide to the American High Desert.
Studebaker bills his readings as "Informances,"
a combination of information and performance.
"Poetry has a quality about it
that allows the ideas within it to slip past barriers folks put up to
avoid or protect their own views. My poetry is political, religious,
sociological, psychological, particularly ‘Passions We Desire,’ from
which I will also read. I do intend for ideas to slip into people's
minds. I do have things I believe in."
For the workshop Studebaker said
he’ll ask participants to create a mandala. A Sanskrit word, mandala
traditionally refers to a healing circle.
"The creation of the mandala will
be guided in the manner of one I created during a workshop with Joseph
Campbell," he said. "From the mandala we will build a poem. This poem
will be filled with poetics and meaning. Albeit a workshop, I trust that
an understanding of how to take personal, passionate feelings and attach
them to poetry will be the result."
To sign up for the workshop, call
the Library at 726-3493.