Clearing the Spring, Tending the Fountain

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Registration for this year's 3-week and 6-week sessions will begin on Monday, February 9th. You can also register for the Common Gathering, which will be held in Princeton on Saturday, May 9th.

Sessions: Local Groups

These poetry sessions for New Jersey teachers get their title from the understanding that the spring of our imaginative and creative lives requires tending.  Teachers need this tending now more than ever.

Spring & Fountain sessions are deceptively simple, yet deeply rewarding.  With the guidance of a Dodge Poet, you and your colleagues share old favorites or newly-discovered poems in a supportive, collegial atmosphere that welcomes teachers from all grade levels and subject areas.  Writing is not a requirement.  

Throughout March and April, Spring & Fountain sessions will be held all over New Jersey, in a variety of time slots and locations to fit your schedule. Participants choose a 3-session or a 6-session series.  Attendees of Spring & Fountain are eligible to join the all-day Common Gathering and to invite a colleague who may be new to poetry. 

Registration for Spring & Fountain sessions will begin on Monday, February 9th. Please join our mailing list to receive information about this year’s offerings.

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I’m going out to clean the pasture spring;
I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away
(And wait to watch the water clear, I may):
I sha'nt be gone long.—You come too.

            --Robert Frost, “The Pasture”


Clearing the Spring, Tending the Fountain gets its title from the understanding that, like the spring in Robert Frost’s “The Pasture,” the spring of our imaginative and creative centers requires tending. This can be particularly true for teachers with the increasing pressures put on them in these challenging times.

Since 1992, the Dodge Poetry Program has offered Spring & Fountain to New Jersey teachers of all grade levels and subject areas.