This is a recording of one of the poems I wrote during Sunday’s workshop. The reference to a “pain slicked” path comes from Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz’s poem “Wild Geese,” which was my prompt for this poem.
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 […]
Self-promotion is a bit of a challenge for me, so I didn’t post about this before it happened but I did a reading with Vivek Shraya (whose book She of the Mountains is truly fantastic and should be read by everyone) and Sambuddha Banerjee (whose writing about coming out is just stunning). It went really well! […]
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. […]
For the first time, Patchwork will be focusing on poetry writing. Last session’s focus on fiction was a success and each of the participants generated some fantastic work – science fiction, magic realism, fantasy – and I’m looking forward to this session’s focus on poetry.
For anyone writing alongside at home, or considering registering […]
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 […]