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Exploring nature through poetry in Edwards

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Vail CO, Colorado

EDWARDS, Colorado ” Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer has a way with words and thinks each of us harbors a poet within. And what better place is there for inspiration than where we live? The award-winning poet will hold a workshop (she dubs it a playshop) focused on helping writers deepen their relationships with their surroundings.

“Basically, poetry is a chance to marry who you are with what you see ” whether you see worn sandstone, tufts of thistles, broken glass or migrating cranes,” Trommer writes. “There, in ink, you can connect with all that surrounds you. And the good news is, you can’t do it wrong.”

Trommer is Poet Laureate of San Miguel County, and a widely anthologized, award-winning writer. She has nine books to her credit and won the Colorado Independent Press Association poetry award for “If You Listen.” Trommer directs the Telluride Writers Guild and teaches adults and children in various locations. Her writing appears in Telluride Daily Planet, “Natural Home,” “Backpacker” and other publications.

Connecting with nature will be the thrust of her playshop, “All is Write with the World: Where Nature Meets Human Nature,” scheduled for Saturday at Colorado Mountain College Edwards. Trommer notes that poets worldwide have been writing about the world’s natural wonders for centuries.

“And what about you? You know what it’s like to stand beneath a night sky so clear that you want to sing to the stars. You have been humbled by mudslide or flood. Why not write about it? When we enter the natural world with a pen in our hand, we automatically heighten our senses. It helps us to hunger for detail and thereby better pay attention.

“Instead of passing the wild rose bush growing abruptly out of a rock, we note it and perhaps find a metaphorical echo in our own lives. A pen can be like a magic meaning making wand: Instead of merely observing the landscape, we interact with it and begin to find resonance.”

As of last year, Trommer and her husband are proud owners of a 70-acre organic fruit orchard. The Vail Valley has enjoyed Rosemerry as the emcee of the Vail Symposium’s 2005 Telluride Mountain Film Festival in Beaver Creek.


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