What a delight it was to be back in Geneva this past weekend and plunge into the refreshing, healing power of poetry!
I attended a poetry workshop and masterclass organised by the Geneva Writers’ Group, with guest instructor Laura Kasischke. I’d read and admired Laura’s poetry and novels and was very keen to hear her in person. The workshop was everything I had hoped for and more and you can see some of my initial impressions of it on the GWG blog.
Prose can not quite do it justice, so instead I will attempt a confetti of poetic impressions, like petals gathered from the quotations, ideas and timed writing exercises we listened to over the course of these two days.
You can’t create compassion with compassion, or emotion with emotion
where is the body, where are your senses?
I have no way to express this in words
so I just sit down with a pen and try to find the words
it’s the very essence of being
but it has to use the language of shared experience
The recipe for writing a poem?
Nothing to do with subject matter.
It comes from somewhere else, as if your mind
and pen is seized by someone
the poem was coming to him
although he had yet to hear the words
he knew it was already written
poetic and creative insights come not haphazardly
but only in those areas in which we are intensively
on which we concentrate our waking, conscious experience
Nothing was in the mind that was not first in the senses.
When our mind is actively thinking about one thing,
we can be writing about something far more interesting
I throw a lot of stuff away
better start from scratch then spend too many years
on a mediocre poem
The time-maker, the eye-maker, the voice-maker, the maker
of stars, of space, of comic surprises
over the future
I’d rather be a restaurant that is not to everyone’s liking
than the lowest common denominator