Course at a Glance

September 11 to September 25
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (HBAC)

Divining Water: Lessons for Writers


With Jerry Martien

Water is our oldest language, our fluency from birth. Puget Sound writer Tom Jay, who is also a water dowser, says, “Like writing, dowsing is a profound refreshment for me. Neither work nor play, it is a kind of serious dreaming proved finally at the point of a stone-tempered drill or ballpoint pen. Hydromancy [divining or witching water] is similar to poetry in that, like hidden, moving water, you have to risk and dig to enjoy its refreshment.”

And as with writing, some days you hit an artesian gusher, other days you come up dry.

When water and language become polluted and unrecognizably changed, this quest is even more vital to our lives.

We’ll develop technique by observing and describing water, from spring to water district, through our bodies and souls and into Humboldt Bay.

The workshops will include writing prompts and exercises, followed by discussion and analysis of our methods and findings.

Wed., Sept. 11-25 • 1:30-3:30 p.m.


Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (HBAC)

$60 • Class #: 43860

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Jerry Martien

Jerry Martien

Jerry Martien began practicing the Yang long form of Tai Chi in the 1970s as an adjunct to carpentry and poetry. He has taught writing at HSU, as a poet in the schools, and through OLLI.