“Clearing the Spring, Tending the Fountain” gets its title from the understanding that, like the spring in Robert Frost’s “The Pasture,” our imaginative and creative centers require tending. The programs are sponsored by the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program.
Held in March and April, 2013, this poetry exploration experience is free to New Jersey teachers and is held in 19 different locations across the state. Some programs are held on Saturday mornings, others on weekday evenings. Ten of the locations meet for three sessions; nine meet only once. For a complete list of locations, dates, and times, and an interactive map, visit the Dodge Poetry website. Participants in these intimate groups run by Dodge Poets will understand how to introduce students to poetry in a welcoming, unintimidating way. Writing is not a requirement.
With the guidance of a Dodge Poet, teachers will read poems aloud and share their responses. There is no right or wrong response, no analysis, no need to understand every word or judge the poems: just the pure pleasure of being read to, and of talking with like-minded colleagues about contemporary literature.
On Saturday, April 27, participants from all Spring and Fountain sessions can attend The Common Gathering, a day-long celebration of poetry that will feature readings, writing opportunities and discussions on poetry. It will be held in Princeton. Featured poets include Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar, two of the most beloved poets of our time.
New Jersey professional development hours (up to 15) are awarded for attendance at a Spring and Fountain program and the Common Gathering.
Date: Various dates in March and April 2013
Location: Various locations in New Jersey
Cost: Spring and Fountain sessions are free. There is a meal fee of $18 for the full-day final event, The Common Gathering, April 27, in Princeton.
Contact: Michele Russo, poetry coordinator
Phone: 973-540-8442, ext. 113
Online registration: yes
Downloadable form: yes
Registration deadline: varies