- Write a sensual poem that involves all of your five senses and is grounded in details: taste, touch, places, song lyrics, foods, colors, sounds.
- Write about your first kiss.
We brought some of the artwork of Peter Bruun to share, and participants wrote pieces that will then be turned into corresponding art pieces.
We incorporated Peter’s drawings into the session — giving each participant one of his drawings/letters and reading them aloud. It was amazing to see everyone respond to each others’ letters and find inspiration for their own. The prompt was to write about “love”.
Prompt for further writing:
- Write a love letter to someone. They can be alive or dead, imaginary or real, or even to yourself!
Selected pages from Fort Red Border by Kiki Petrosino
This lesson began with a reading of Joe Brainard’s “I Remember.” As we read, we paid special attention to Brainard’s use of sensory details. After reading, we used the phrase “I remember…” to prompt our own writing. What did we remember? What did we want to forget?
Then, we read George Ella Lyon’s “Where I’m From.” As we read this poem, we noted the details Lyon uses to evoke time and a place. What about these details spoke to us? What details from our own lives could we use in our writing to do the same?
Prompts for further writing:
- Take a memory from “I Remember” and follow it to a story from the past.
- Write a poem like the poem “Where I’m From” by Lyon.