What is poetry?“Emotion recollected in tranquility” William Wordsworth“Memorable speech” W H Auden“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.” Leonard Cohen“The poet doesnt invent. He listens.” Jean Cocteau“Carefully chosen words” Martin Locock
What can poetry be?• Authentic• Humorous• Intellectual• Reflective• Structured
What poetry isn’t*• A private language• Unedited thought or feeling• A definitive or balanced view• A puzzle or word game* according to me
Managing creativity• Leadership and creativity• Creation is easy; craft is hard, quality is variable• The creative paradox (or, “There was a young man from Hong Kong”)
Poetry and reflection• Capture moments of transformation• Capture feelings and texture of experience• Jack Mezirow – critical reflection transformational learning re-thinking past experiences
Poetry and flowMihaly Csikszentmihalyi Flow :Optimal experience, the combination ofabsorption, effort, and disciplineSeeking to transform experience into poetrycan trigger flow at willThe flow of thought finds its own path whenyou cease trying to force it.
The haiku TwilightMidges cloud the airTheir frantic activityGetting them nowhere
The haiku Twilight Midges cloud the air Their frantic activity Getting them nowhere•Strong image, simple language, two halves, can be smallsubject
Rules• Japanese tradition• A title• Three lines• Five, seven, five syllables• Words can be omitted• Changing moment: external > internal, describe > feel/think; two aspects of something
Examples Charity and trustShe resists the manPanhandling for a pound coin,Doubting his motives
Kijo Murakami First autumn morning: the mirror I stare into shows my fathers face
Haiku exercise• Topic: a discovery or insight• Content: context and event• Focus on how it felt, how it changed you• No room for irrelevancies
Having a go• Find a thought 3 minutes• Write it down as a phrase• First draft (title last) 5 minutes• Write it neatly• Pairs: swap and read partner’s aloud – 5 minutes• Quick revision 2 minutes• Final version: reading
Judging a poem• Does it contain a truth?• Does it express that truth?• Does it communicate that truth?Irrelevant questions:• Is the idea new?• Is the idea one you are committed to?• Would someone else have written it differently?
More wordshttp://changingmoment.blogspot.com The Great Wave, Hokusai (1760-1849)