Group Activity 1: Reading/Writing Circles (exercise from CA Conrad)
First, we will divide the group in half-- half of us will begin as writers and the other half as readers. The writers form a circle, with their notebooks ready, while the readers form another circle around them, with their texts ready. (The readers can use any piece of text available.) The readers will walk around the inner circle alternating between speaking, singing and whispering their text. Meanwhile, the writers in the inner circle are writing freely, without stopping. There is no right way to do this— the exercise is meant to create a textural experience of language while providing the writer with a wash of disparate words and meaning.
Group Activity 2:
I have printed out some poems that I felt were emotionally relevant to this moment. One person will read one poem out loud. After the poem has been read aloud, everyone will be invited to speak aloud a word, phrase, or line that resonated. Fred Moten Hoa Nguyen
Now look over the poems on your own, and on a separate sheet of paper, make a list of those words and phrases that resonated. Try to find at least 20 words/phrases.
Pass your list to the person on your right ——>
Think about the meaning of weather. How can the idea of weather function in a poem to express emotion? Consider the temperature of a poem, what creates a sense of temperature? Think about wind, and what it symbolizes. A higher power, a violent message, breath…? Using the list of words from your neighbor, try writing a poem that somehow contains weather.
*Choose a photo from the stack (below) that you want to work with.
Make a list of what you see in the image. What you see doesn’t have to be explicitly depicted (i.e. feelings).
Write about the image as if you’ve known it forever. Maybe try explaining it to someone like you really need them to understand it.
Write to completely dismantle the image. Try to untangle/unravel.
*Find someone to switch pictures with, or get a new one from the stack.
With your new image, repeat Part 1.
Write backwards toward the image.
Write about the image in a way that’s wrong, a way that makes no sense.
Feel free to repeat prompts on either image.
Using what you’ve written today, make as many two-line poems as you can.
Prompt #2 HOMEWORK
Reflect on what you’ve written over the last few weeks. Choose one poem or piece of text to record yourself reading (up to 3 minutes). Additionally, choose a song, or make a field recording that somehow supports/speaks to your writing. Send your audio recordings/songs to email@example.com, in order to be included in a special audio component of the poetry club publication!
Prompt #1 Video Description (Inspired by Millie Kapp and Maliea Croy) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxP8kxUn5bc&app=desktop https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN1Jo3ycR9s&t=1s --Part 1 Start with lists: List the shapes, colors, and textures in the video. Can you list the characters? --Part 2 Start to describe what's happening. Can you construct a narrative? Perhaps utilize your lists. --Part 3 Write to the beat of the video. Prompt #2 Using what you've already written, create 3 poems. The 3 poems do not need to be specific to Parts 1, 2 and 3. Feel free to combine and cross-reference.
Using the colorful markers, write down something(s) that you want to leave behind. The thing(s) can be a feeling, an action, an object, anything that doesn’t serve you. Imagine leaving it behind in last year. Place this piece of paper in the bowl of water.
Close your eyes. Open your eyes and look at the bowl of water. Close your eyes again. Think about your list of what you want to leave behind and choose the thing that stands out most.
Write it on a new piece of paper. Turn the thing over in your mind, like a stone. Examine the underside of it. What does it look like? Describe what you find. Where exactly will you leave it?
Think again of that thing you want to leave behind. What is at the other end of the spectrum? What is it’s opposite? Come up with a word, or list of words, that embody what you do want to bring into the new year.
Think of someone you want to connect/reconnect with this year. Write them a poem using your new word (the opposite). Write this poem on a postcard and send it to that person.
Prompt #1 THE OPEN WOUND (by Anne Boyer) “To write often means remembering what never existed. So how can I know what has never existed? Like this: as if I were remembering. By an effort of memory, as if I had never been born. I was never born. I have never lived. But I remember, and remembering is like an open wound.” — Clarice Lispector, Selected Chronicas
-Remember what never existed. Write this down -Seed the course of future time by creating a proliferation of these memories of what has not been.
Prompt #2 (by Anne Boyer) -Textual: Write inside the pores of another text, your own, a text you love, or one that bothers you. Additionally, you might extract a work from the pores of language. -Spatial: Find a space or thing that appears fixed, monumental, established, concrete, “itself” and write into its permeability as damp would, mold, air, sound, disease, or scent. -Temporal: Write a work that demonstrates/enforces/creates/charms/advantages the porosity of time. -Historical: Does history have pores? Can you contaminate them? Try.
Prompt #3 Draw what you wrote today. Then find a partner, and swap your writing. Draw each other’s poems.