I had the privilege of attending a State Library workshop facilitated by Nick Grivas on Saturday 11/8/12. This post is to cover some of the fun and challenging things the day offered:
- What is poetry to you?
Around a table of 10 people, these are the main themes that I noticed:
Poetry is cathartic
It records, conveys, captures emotion.
It is redemptive, makes sense.
Poetry is connection
- How do we connect through poetry?
A technique discussed – re-read poems. Change things from abstract to concrete.
What was meant by this: Substitute intangible for something that can be grabbed onto.
It is the difference between love is beautiful and some of the concrete images I use in this poem, such as
Love is a tightrope:
like the one from kitchen,
- Some ideas for writing exercises (timed – deadline of five minutes)
1) Look at a picture. Write anything that comes to you. Focus on smell, texture, emotion. This exercise delivered Bear
2) Died, falling, balcony, reborn, grain moth, exist in a barley warehouse, will be turned into beer.
3) Up to date VHS in a store. DVD arrives. How do you feel? This exercise delivered The great VHS and DVD debate
4) Brilliantly written performance poem. In the hands of someone who speaks in a monotone. How do you feel?
5) Gnome, Scientist. Researching you for a National Geographic documentary.
6) Find a book. Use its title in a recurring manner for a poem. This exercise yielded New World Monkeys
I participated in three of the six above, but wanted to share them all – please try any of them out that appeal to you!
I am excited to learn. Everyday I want to learn more. Improve. Strive. Find the words.
This is what matters to me.