Today, I’ve co-written (with my partner Paul Hurley) the second poem of the day, using a technique based on the work of Paul Matthews using questions (the elemental sentence related to Water and communication) and sentences (relating to noun, object and Earth). I’d been ‘gifted’ the name of an artist – photographer, Isabelle Wenzel – on Facebook, to post up a picture by…
So we made an ekphrastic call-and-response poem, using one of Wenzel’s pictures as stimulus. The idea is that one of you writes 4 questions while the other – without seeing – writes 4 statements, then you do the same but writing the other type of sentence. So you have eight of both.
After that, you read them out and listen out for interesting mismatches, dissonances and combinations.
Then you have a tinker and see what comes out – as follows. Sometimes it works better than others, but as a response to a picture it’s quite a fun (and fast) way of creating some writing…
(after Isabelle Wenzel)
What time is it?
The vase is filled with another thousand of these moments.
From where did she get that vase?
It is often seen here, baying in the corner of this café.
Is that one piece of fabric?
That floor is a psychedelic million checker-board war zone.
What is her name?
Tangerines all begin this way.
When it is done, what will be left?
It is a painting.
What is the angle of its knees, the degree of curvature in the spine?
There is tension and balance.
Is it staying, laying, roosting, or is it passing through?
The toe nails are painted on the shoes.
If the formatting doesn’t work, then here’s a PDF of the poem…
On Wednesday 26th April, Paul Hurley and I will be running a creative cycling expedition from The Hepworth, Wakefield, called Ride the Lights.
The event is the third cycling-arts event Paul and I have led, after CycloGeographic in 2010 for SusTrans in Caerphilly (to celebrate the opening of a new National Cycling Network route) and then a Situationists Vs Romantics CycloGeo expedition for Juliana’s Bike in Leeds last year.
We’ll be exploring themes of light, and the play between fact and fiction for the Hepworth event, inviting riders to explore the cinematic fragments and moments of Wakefield at night – inspired by the current exhibition by Philip-Lorca diCorcia. There will be intrigue, inspiration and a fair amount of light-up items.
You can book a place on the ride here. We hope to see you and your bike there…