Click HERE for GSA's website--filled with videos and pictures of what we're doing during the program! I'm actually in Day One's video! So, check it out!!
Blogger isn't letting me post pictures, due to the college's computer system so unfortunately you'll have to check them out on GSA's site if you are interested. And please do! They are very cool.
Today's program began with a "performance" by a filmmaker. He showed clips from his new documentary entitled, "Carbonation" (or some variation of that) about global warming. A lot of his arguments were slippery at best, but his point was different and refreshing. He didn't come to convince us that we should believe in climate change or die. He came to tell us that we all actually agree on most solutions to cilmate change, energy, etc. And should take steps toward what we agree instead of where we disagree.
In studio today, we, again, worked on poetry. This time we focused on three aspects: detail, music, and story.
For detail, Kelly Norman Ellis (one of our instructors) read one of her own poems which she referred to as an "Inventory" poem. Essentially, it was a long list of all the things in her grandfather's gas station and what they meant to her. The point was this--be specific. Put simply she said;
"Give things the dignity of their names."
The idea that a specific name speaks for itself.
Now, my poem in response to this was garbage. But what I took away, that details are important, is very useful.
When talking about the music of poetry, I think this is a very obvious part of writing poetry. Rhythm, alliteration, possible rhyme or no rhyme, etc. We read the poem "The Tour" and were then challenged to write a poem with a strong sense of place and movement. I called my piece "Brothers" and I think it turned out pretty well.
The best part of the workshop part of the day came during Ellen's turn to teach. She had us make a timeilne of our lives and mark world events and personal events. Then, after several readings of published poetry, ("Everything has to Change") we wrote a piece that connected a world event with a personal event.
This is my second favorite piece I've written so far. Very exciting.
At night we typed up and worked with pieces started in other workshops and free writes. My favorite piece came out of this: "The Maverick Red Mustang."
I won't post too much of my writing on here just yet--we're making chapbooks at the end of the week and I don't want to spoil it for my parents and others who may be reading and coming to hear.
And there's so much more to say: jam sessions, fuz ball, euchre, novel chats, fire drills at 12:30 AM, and so much more!
Suffice to say, I'm having a blast.
What sort of things have you written lately?
Strength and Courage,