Sometimes, I feel that we, as a culture, have gotten really good at talking, but perhaps at the expense of listening–asking and then listening.
Today, let’s listen to our poems. Let’s spend some time on reflection.
This is similar to the expansion exercise on day 2, when we wrote new material from every line. But instead, think of this as call and response.
Print out your poem double-spaced. Read the first line. Sit with it. Ask it what else it’s trying to say, or whether it’s trying to say something in a different way. Ask, listen, write.
This all sounds pretty woo-woo, I know. But at least you’ll have some quiet time. What do you hear?