On Thursday, April 4, 2013, I facilitated a poetry workshop sponsored by Friends of the Clinton Library. My friend and fellow poet Pat Kelley Brunjes (Poems from the Desert Floor) presented a short course on how to give an effective reading. Although our attendance was smaller than anticipated, the participants were enthusiastic and creative. Here is a photo of two workshoppers in the process of creating ekphrastic poems based on sculpture:
We also created imagination-based poems, recalling looking out windows from our childhoods and what we saw out there. Finally, we created poems by freewriting using a list of 15 randomly-generated words. All the poems were interesting and vivid, and some were read in the evening at our 7 PM reading.
APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH! Host your own event to celebrate poems. This can be as simple as a group of friends sharing a bottle of wine in your kitchen and taking turns reading poems important to them. Our workshop was fueled by homemade chocolate chip cookies -- always a good idea for stimulating imaginations. Read some poems, write some poems, talk about poems, give books of poems as gifts. My best chum from childhood has requested my new book (Ring of Fire, Sea of Stone and yes this is a shameless plug -- buy it on Amazon!) as her birthday present.
Poetry will set you free!