Wilderness Workshop

We have been unable to organise a live workshop this month for Stirred Poetry so Anna Percy has written you a workshop you can do at home, if you can gather a fellow poet/s to join while you do these exercises over a cup of tea or a glass of wine (cake is also very important to the poetry process) the more the merrier. We find the workshop atmosphere makes all our poems seem better as your negative opinions of your just written work is immediately challenged. Use the exercises to write a poem join us on Monday from 7.30 pm at Three Minute Theatre for our Fifth birthday! Sign up to the open mic by emailing stirredwomen@gmail.com event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1494533864203025/

Use the first three lines of this poem http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/171710

‘’The landings had gone wrong; white silk,/

like shrouds, covered the woods./

The trees had trapped the flimsy fabric’’

Set a timer on your phone and write solidly for five to ten minutes depending on how ambitious you are feeling that day. Don’t read too deeply into the rest of your poem you want to go your own way this is just a kicker line. Don’t think about length of lines or writing a poem just yet just keep that pen moving and follow the ink don’t worry about your handwriting, spelling, punctuation or making sense this is free writing be free.

Write about your own Wilderness, when have you ever felt truly lost? This can be geographically, emotionally or socially whatever your wilderness was and whether it was freedom or frightening write a short poem describing your experience.

Wilderness would not be complete without a Kate Bush song, this time similar to the above you will be writing to a stimulus but this time watch and listen to this video in full of Kate Bush’s the Sensual World where she dances through a Forest and describes a musical wilderness of sexuality: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1DDndY0FLI put it one more time and write till the song finishes.

Write ‘’Kissing-gate’’ in the top left hand corner of the page and ‘’sunlight’’ at the bottom right the blank page is your wilderness, your woods, your desert use the whole page to write your way out of it into the sunlight go wild and weird don’t think left aligned lines use the whole page. You can do this on a computer but we would suggest paper and pen for this where possible.


About Quad

The Stirred quad is formed of Rebecca Audra Smith, Anna Percy, Jasmine Chatfield and Lenni Sanders.
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2 Responses to Wilderness Workshop

  1. Here’s my response :

    Getting Lost

    With certain tread I
    step out into uncertainty
    over leaves brown and
    fallen, under trees bare
    and strong in silence.

    I follow the ice-crisp
    canal, its locks frozen
    from disuse as it
    weaves through this
    forgotten wilderness.

    My aim to get lost
    is soon achieved
    and my legs take me
    far, far away over
    stiles and sobs.

    Too soon the undergrowth
    I step back into the
    world bewildered and
    bemused, cleansed.

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