What exactly is BAFS Summer Camp?
What might one experience while at Love Shovel Ranch?
How are the classes organized?
What kind of people can attend a BAFS class?
Will I fit in?
How free is it?
These are some of the endless questions that arose when I first heard of BAFS.
Having made an appearance at last years summer camp, I can tell you:
BAFS is a place
Where people do go
For reasons as diverse as the group it attracts
Many go for poetry, some for frivolity
Some out of sheer unquenchable curiosity
Some imbibe libations after class
Some dance wildly and sing freely
Some share their thoughts and feelings
Some offer only a glimpse
Some are serious, some more playful
Some half nude, some full cover
Free from peer pressure no matter your path
Personal responsibility reigns supreme
All are accepted, and open-arm-welcomed
If the juxtaposition of contradictory ideas has the possibility to breed new thought, then BAFS is a greenhouse of potential growth.
If like-minded poet souls thrive by joining together for a bit of Socratic mode of discussion, then BAFS also has that covered.
Classes begin with a lesson from one of many various and talented teachers of writing. They speak. The students of the day discuss. Then everyone writes. Most often ample time is offered for the exercise given, where all sit in quiet contemplation with a pen. (Many of the groups are held outdoors weather permitting.)
You are free to choose which classes you wish to be enriched by as none of the classes are “required” for the next to make sense. Though you may find yourself wanting to show up to all of them. (Some classes have multiple parts you won’t want to miss!)
The lessons are conducted with respect. They are real, tangible classes.
After class, almost anything from that point can happen. You are free to come and go after the teaching as you please.
The schedule line up this year you ask?
(*All classes begin at 1pm)
Sun 10: Caitlan Mitchell brings us “Poesis: Invocation of the Muse”
A class steeped in Magick that challenges one to focus fully
Mon 11: Marcus If presents the first of a 3 part class “Ontological Engineering/Design of Meaning”
This class will touch on the Consequences of Ontological Anarchy, a guest instructor might be added to the mix
Then @ 8pm: Teacher Feature at The Laughing Goat (1709 Pearl St, Boulder)
Tue 12: Eric Fischman responsibly unleashes “With Great Power”
Be prepared to add more Hero to your writing; spandex and external underwear optional
Wed 13: Ira Liss doles out his “Performance & Poetry” workshop
Get ready to bring out the dramatic, with a heaping side of fun and whimsey
Then @ 8pm BIG Pasta Dinner
Thurs 14: Clint Locks addresses us directly with “You Talkin’ to Me?!”
If you have ever wondered how to aim your work to a specific audience, come learn some persuasive tactics in this class (Please bring an original declarative poem or two)
Fri 15: Roseanna Frechette lays out “Writing Tadasana” for us
This lesson brings forth the mountain in all of us, turning possibility into poetry
Sat 16: Marcus If honors the sonnet with “Sonetto: Queen of Forms”
The philosophy, form, structures, and history of the sonnet will be discussed, elevating her Majesty back to her former glory, Ah, the Sonnet, Ah, Marcus
Then @ 8pm Drunken Haiku Competition
Sun 17: Nancy Stohlman elaborates on “Writing Flash Fiction”
Generate your own original work of this exciting new compressed form of prose
Mon 18: Thomas R. Peters Jr. at Beat Book Shop in Boulder with “Beat Prompts”
Owner of Beat Book Shop and host of nearly 30 year old So You’re a Poet reading series leads a workshop in his store
Then @ 8pm Student Feature at The Laughing Goat (1709 Pearl St, Boulder)
Tue 19: Caitlan Mitchell explains “Apotheosis: Whereby Heroes Become Gods”
Digging through the depth of what it takes to go from hero to God, this class is an exploration of what it means to be a writer or an artist
Wed 20: Marcus If gets into the “Architecture of the Human Bio-Computer”
Radical psychological concepts, the workings of the mind, Marcus
Then @ 7pm BIG Pasta Dinner
Thurs 21: Marcus If details “NLP & Poetry”
An exploration in Neurolinguistic Programming the brain after we have learned its Architecture, more Marcus
Fri 22: Jonathan Montgomery leads “MeTOO! Nature Walk”
Get up on your feet and into the wild on a leisurely MeToo trail walk thru magical alpine forests
Sat 23: Matt Clifford throws down “Political Party!! When Doves Fuck”
Poetry and politics, radical questionings, the ins and outs of what political poetry means to us, or maybe doesn’t
Then @ 8pm Black Market Translation—punk rock show!!*%$##
Sun 24: (at noon) Hungover Collage Party for Love Shovel Review summer camp edition
Weekdays 9am to noon: Cicada Musselman starts each morning off with “Coffee & Prompts”
A.M. Poetry time, where many experiences can unfold
Now that you know when the classes are, what about your other questions…?
What should I bring with me?
Who are these instructors anyway?
Is there any more info on each individual class being offered?
Head on over to www.loveshovelranch.com/bafs/swp/ to answer these important questions and more
How do you get to Love Shovel Ranch?:
Go up Boulder Canyon (CO-119)
Straight through the Ned roundabout
Take a left on Caribou Rd. (Dirt road)
Then it’s just past Crestwood Ct. on the right—- look for the cars parked along the roadside
So, how free is it?
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