Poetry workshop 2012


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A workshop showing that poetry can be the expression of authentic personal experience, using the haiku form to record insights in a concise and memorable form.

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Poetry workshop 2012

  1. 1. Poetry workshop 26/6/12 mlocock Martin Locock
  2. 2. OutlineWhat is poetry?Poetry as a thought toolThe haiku in theory and practice
  3. 3. Death of Chatterton Thomas Wallis
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. What can poetry be?• Authentic• Humorous• Intellectual• Reflective• Structured
  6. 6. What poetry isn’t*• A private language• Unedited thought or feeling• A definitive or balanced view• A puzzle or word game* according to me
  7. 7. 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”)
  8. 8. Poetry and reflection• Capture moments of transformation• Capture feelings and texture of experience• Jack Mezirow – critical reflection transformational learning re-thinking past experiences
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. The haiku TwilightMidges cloud the airTheir frantic activityGetting them nowhere
  11. 11. The haiku Twilight Midges cloud the air Their frantic activity Getting them nowhere•Strong image, simple language, two halves, can be smallsubject
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. Examples Charity and trustShe resists the manPanhandling for a pound coin,Doubting his motives
  14. 14. Kijo Murakami First autumn morning: the mirror I stare into shows my fathers face
  15. 15. Haiku exercise• Topic: a discovery or insight• Content: context and event• Focus on how it felt, how it changed you• No room for irrelevancies
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. 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?
  18. 18. More wordshttp://changingmoment.blogspot.com The Great Wave, Hokusai (1760-1849)
  19. 19. mlocock@gmail.com