Necessary SeparatenessDecember 8, 2016
What do you prefer?December 10, 2016
Last spring I enrolled in Holly Wren Spaulding’s Poetry Spring Apprenticeship. During the first week of class, she reframed Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages for me. For those of you unfamiliar with Morning Pages, they are part of a practice from the book The Artist’s Way designed to jump start your creativity. You write three pages by hand of whatever comes to you, first thing in the morning.
Holly suggested that instead of writing three pages, we write a poem. She suggested we bring emotion, experience, or other concerns normally written in the morning pages into the poem through concrete means like metaphor, simile and descriptive images. She also suggested we use something to spark the writing like two squirrels playing in the yard, the cat catching a mouse, or the numbers on the thermometer.
This poem by Alison Luterman does just that. She describes all the obstacles she encounters while swimming laps, making the idea of the obstacle concrete.
This poem first appeared in The Sun magazine in January 2010.
- Take two pieces of paper, cut them into random shapes and rearrange into a composition. Just play for awhile, don’t glue anything down just yet.
- Today’s collage uses a gesso image transfer. There are all kinds of ways to make transfers. One of the easiest is using packing tape. (see pic below for instructions.) Layer that transfer into your collage. You may find that you want to put the transfer down first and have it peek out of the collage like I ended up doing here.