Poetry workshop write-up 29/04/2021.

We had such a lovely session tonight and chatted so much that we ran over by half an hour without even realising. The lovely thing about playing with words is that they lead on to even more words, opening the door to detailed conversations and stories; absolutely everything we wrote tonight sparked discussions and interesting tales. This is why, to me they will always be ‘the wonderful words’!

Our first exercise was ‘Beneath my feet’ which dealt with identity and a sense of place, but via a very specific channel: the soles of your feet. The idea behind this was to get participants to consider who else had trodden on their particular patch, and that now their own footprints were becoming part of the history too. We had some smashing results and the restriction of having to convey meaning through a specific channel brought forth some very clever descriptions.

For our second exercise we wrote to music again, this time to Fossils from Carnival of the Animals by Sain-Saëns. The lively, tumbling piece had a great effect on the writing: marching, acrobatic descriptions and well-crafted jumbling of characters formed perfect written depictions of the music. Yet again I was AMAZED!

After sharing our thoughts on the poems Jeff closed our evening with a reading of his lovely Harbour 1 poem. It was full of very clear, stark images relating to how industrialisation has ravaged a landscape. The incredible metaphors and word-play in this poem blew us all away. Thank you so much for sharing this with us Jeff, I will get it up on our facebook page for everyone to read asap.


As usual, I’ve come away from our evening feeling full and nourished after such a hearty meal of the perfect and WONDERFUL WORDS!


Have a look at the poems in our gallery or check out our Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/poetryfromparbay/

J.D.



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