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How to make a poem or Lyric essay (Ari’s exercice)

January 7, 2010

ok I did some of the exercises on Ari’s Workshop and the poem on the previous post ended up growing to be part of the following exercise:

How to make a poem or lyric essay 

Preparation:

Step 1:  Take out sheet of paper.  Close your eyes and listen deeply for several minutes.  Then quickly right an account of what your heard.  Use concrete language for what you actually heard while listening deeply.  Don’t try to be figurative.   Keep this account separate and on its own sheet of paper.

 Step 2: Take out another sheet of paper.  Think of a remembered smell that has a strong association for you.  Write down the smell and the association.  Do not use the word “remember.”  Keep this account separate and on its own sheet of paper.

 Step 3: Take out another sheet of paper.  Think of a remembered taste that has a strong association for you.  Write down the taste and the association.  Don’t use the word “remember.” Keep this account separate and on its own sheet of paper.

Step 4:  Take out a 4th sheet of paper.  Remember a time you were physically hurt or in pain.  Don’t say what it was or what caused it.  Don’t name a body part.  Just say what it was like. Keep this account separate and on its own sheet of paper.

Step 5:  On a 5th sheet of  paper, make a list of things you don’t remember.  Begin each with “I don’t remember.”  For instance, I don’t remember the sound of my grandfather’s voice; I don’t remember what it was like before I could talk, etc.” Tear the sheet of into scraps, each with one line of “I don’t remember on it.”   This will result in many slivers of paper.

Composition:

  Put the pieces of paper into an order.  Either consciously compose them into an order or, perhaps better, put them in a box and have someone pull them out as they come.  Read what you get.  When you find the most pleasing combination, keep it and write it down as a single work.  You may write it in sentences/paragraphs or in lines/verses.  Or, you can combine the two.  The choice is yours. 

Don’t forget to title it.

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