This 2 hour writing workshop employs phone texting as a mode to create collaborative, compact, and spontaneous poetry. First, we will look at a selection of contemporary poems from Jim Moore and Louise Gluck, focusing on the use of questioning as a device in poetry, followed by a discussion and a writing exercise in response to these poems. Participants will then have an opportunity to share their work with the group. Next, we will look at a selection from Pablo Neruda’s The Book of Questions, again discussing and writing and sharing. Finally, using the work generated by these exercises as inspiration, (everyone is very warmed up at this point!), participants will partner with someone in the group, and be led into the Poetry Texting segment of this workshop. We conclude with the sharing of these collaborative poems.
Workshop by Elizabeth Jacobson
What is Poetry Texting?
A mode of creating collaborative, compact, and spontaneous poetry on smart phones.
How does it work?
Text a line to your partner, get one back, and so on . . .
This is a recent example of a poetry texting poem:
Remind me that you love me
tomorrow, when the paper arrow
like a stinger
is still under my skin
How do we know when a poem is complete?
This writing method seems to take on its own naturally short form, 3-6 lines each for an individual poem, but use your intuition, finishing when a piece feels done. Then go on and start a new one. Partners can decide later how best to edit the poems.