How often, as with Mary Oliver, have we been rescued from hopelessness by taking shelter beneath a tree? Why, Robert Frost asks, do we wish to bear their noise more than another outside our door? The tree as nurturer, witness, listener—a source of terror, even—has drawn poets through the ages to reflect on its Mystery. This session focuses on how trees reflect our humanness and feed the intuitive process of writing. Discussions of poems by Mary Oliver, Robert Frost, C.D. Wright, Wang Wei, Natasha Tretheway and others will lead to an awakened understanding of why Adrienne Rich writes: It is necessary to talk about trees. And there’ll be a writing prompt that will take you deeper into your own relationship to trees.