We’re two weeks into this new Patchwork, and everyone’s projects are starting to take shape. It’s amazing to watch.
Our first prompt was “Intersections” since each of our projects have something to do with community or isolation.
This is my (first draft) response to the prompt:
Grief challenges my skepticism
Soft hope at the […]
After a too-long hiatus, Writing in the Margins is back! Today marked the return of Patchwork Poetics, with a new approach for this round.
Rather than following our usual formula of three prompts within the session, with each prompt generating a discrete piece of writing, this round will be much more focused on generating a […]
Kettle boiling, jazz playing (Gretchen Lieberum – one of my first introductions to the genre), lights dim… Sunday evening.
We had a lovely meeting today, despite (because of?) the fairly low energy we all brought to the space. I’ve been thinking about the poetry I wrote all day, spinning the poems around in […]
It seems to me that poetry offers an opportunity to explore difficult concepts in non-linear and creative ways. Not only through metaphor, but also through repetition, rhyme, and rambunctious rumbling rambling raucous wordification. Or quiet calm still wordliness. Or chaotic captivating capricious wordsing. I am, sometimes, like Andrea Gibson, “rusty when I talk / it’s […]
Happy Tuesday, Patchwork Poets!
We had our first meeting on Sunday and I must say… it was fantastic. We all brought our anxieties about writing and sharing poetry in this format (different anxieties for each of us), and together we co-created a gracious, welcoming, anxious and courageous space to begin this new work together. […]
Good morningish, Patchworkers!
This recap is late, I apologize. Our last session was delightful, although/because so many of us were experiencing “brain not braining” issues. Our first prompt was from the book “The Writer’s Gym.” We revisited an existing piece of writing, and rewrote the story from the perspective of a non-point-of-view character. Our second […]
Good afternoon, Patchworkers, and writers at home!
A Friday prompt for you, before our meeting on Sunday. (And Sunday will be fun – I have a new prompt generator for us!)
So, make yourself a cup of tea or something else hydrating and delicious. Take a deep breath. Stretch your back, your neck, your shoulders […]
Good morfternevening*, Patchworkers!
Sometimes the act of workshop facilitation is an exercise in humility for me, and I am grateful for the compassion and patience of my workshop participants. This is especially true when I am experiencing greater-than-usual anxiety or pain, or less-than-usual sleep, or, like yesterday, all three. So, thank you. Thank you for […]
We’re into week 2, Patchworkers!
After our lovely session on Sunday, I am wishing I could find a way to make a full-time career out of writing, because office work just isn’t as exciting. (I say this with the knowledge of how privileged I am to have a steady job at a company where I […]
Good morning, Patchworkers!
A Friday prompt:
Take this as an opportunity for world-building, if you want, or as an opportunity for character development. If you’re focusing on character-building, consider what the sky might mean for them (is it a night sky? Are they alone?), or what their focus on the sky might be […]