Poetry meet-up 1!

Hi all,

I’d love to hear how all of your poetry meet-ups went today!  Pam, Diego and I were pretty productive in ours.  It was really interesting to do a study of one person’s works in progress and look at their interests, obsessions, struggles, etc.  Some of the conclusions we came to about each other’s work included our foci on interpersonal relationships between an “I” and a “you” (Diego and I had that in common about our poems) and who our speakers are (we talked about how Pam mainly uses a female speaker.)  I also got the chance to pick Pam’s brain a little more about slam poetry, which I know little about, and I learned about how her creative process changes based on whether she is writing for slam or for this class.  In reviewing my work, Pam challenged me to write a poem with a lot of natural imagery or something more scenic, because I usually am tempted to focus on the domestic/household sphere when it comes to creating images.  Eventually we got to talking about what kind of music we like to listen to when we write, and whether we’re team Spotify or Pandora.

Enjoy this rare semi-warm weather, everyone!

Ashley

One Reply to “Poetry meet-up 1!”

  1. I would so love to be a fly on the wall for most of these meet-ups, because I feel like everybody has such interesting things to say. Juliana & I met at Crickets, and it was a really nice time. I think what I liked about it was I felt free from that ever-present pressure in class to “say something smart.” There’s something that’s always been so appealing to me about going out & meeting up with people to just talk about poetry n’stuff; probably because I romanticized it in my head as something that artsy, cool people do (so I’m obviously an artsy cool person now, right?) But it was great just having one-on-one time with someone who has looked over your stuff, and to be able to give someone else’s work that attention in a low-key way. While we were there, we ran into several people from our class, which was cool, too. I guess I mostly enjoyed the relaxed tone of it combined with the smaller focus it allowed for. Plus, I managed to get an actual BOWL of coffee for about $2, and anything that involves both poetry and quality, cheap coffee has to be a good time. I’m really looking forward to the next one.

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