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2021 Massachusetts Poetry Festival - Shared screen with speaker view
Volunteer, Erica Charis-Molling (she/her)
38:18
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Volunteer, Erica Charis-Molling (she/her)
39:34
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Volunteer, Erica Charis-Molling (she/her)
41:12
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Karen Skolfield (she/her)
41:54
Take a walk!
brenda
41:54
Take a walk.
Nina Lewis
41:55
sometimes an image
Sara Letourneau
41:56
Look everywhere!
Cathy (she/her) Fahey
41:57
look around
Allyce Yang
41:58
get fired up about something!
Kara Provost (she/her)
41:59
Go to readings, see an image in my mind, listen to the world around me, go running
Lauren Bullock | she/her
42:00
Look up writing prompts
Derege Demissie
42:00
hike
Shannon Murphy (she/her/hers)
42:01
Read poetry. Pay attention to the world.
Carol Clark
42:01
I make lists
Jeannette Law
42:02
Journal without self-censorship
Britt
42:02
go for long walks
Jill Crammond
42:03
Read my favorite poets...
Margaret Emerson
42:03
Think of experiences or look around myself
Linda Freeman
42:03
read poetry
Sheila G
42:05
Read other poets,
Donna French McArdle (she,her)
42:05
go outside
Kathleen Gillespie
42:05
listen at open mics
Theodora Stratis
42:06
Look out my window
Emma Miles
42:06
Breath, start paying more attention
Audrey Gidman
42:07
I read someone else's poems.
Jennifer Garfield (she/her)
42:07
read a poem I like
Kim Jacobs-Beck
42:07
Reading helps
Rebekah (she/her)
42:08
Notice my environment.
Cathy (she/her) Fahey
42:08
get angry
Melissa Alipalo (she/her)
42:08
A particular word, go to its etymology
Barbara Bald
42:09
Just look around
Kathryn Petruccelli (she/her/hers)
42:09
steal words from someone else's poem I'm reading
Nina Lewis
42:09
have notebook ideas
Kali Lightfoot
42:09
Look for a prompt
brenda
42:09
Drive somewhere
Britt
42:10
see arr
Emily
42:11
I often wait for the Muse to bite me in some way. Sometimes reading / listening to other poets helps me.
Fran McManus, RSM
42:11
eavesdrop
Gabriel McCreath (he/xe)
42:12
Listen to music, cover my walls in sticky notes
Isabella Clark (she/her)
42:12
my best inspiration comes when I can't fall asleep
Rebecca Cross
42:13
Read poetry
pai22m@mtholyoke.edu
42:13
listen to how my body feels
Linda lindacorinne@hotmail.com
42:13
meditate
cathy Lentes
42:14
Often a line will pop into my mind while driving.
Jackie Craven
42:14
Sleep, linger in bed and dream
Kristy Gledhill
42:15
I go to my notebook and either find something I’ve written or write and write until something pops
Nina Carroll MD
42:15
ekphrastic- look at a work of art
carla
42:16
Reading other poets
kat szpekman
42:17
Sit quietly, make lists, observe, go to the grocery store
Britt
42:20
see art
brenda
42:21
listen to my favorite composer
Britt
42:24
travel
Kathleen Gillespie
42:27
readings
Kim Jacobs-Beck
42:32
Move to a different location
Britt
42:33
be in nature
Deborah Murphy
42:35
Read poems, the news, go to a park
brenda
42:36
stare
David Miller
42:38
Sit down -
Nina Carroll MD
42:41
grab a piece of scrap paper and sit down
Valerie Peralta
42:44
my prompt is life, jot notes on the topic, look to published poems for structure
Rebekah (she/her)
42:46
Try to center, think of a feeling or emotion I'm experiencing in this moment.
Gabriel McCreath (he/xe)
42:46
Drink caffeine
Sandy Sprague
42:47
inspiration finds me in movies, literature, and the world around me
Jeannette Law
42:52
Journal without self-censorship
Sara Letourneau
42:54
Pay attention to my emotions and reactions to things.
Patricia C
42:54
capturing what's in your head first thing in the morning
Audrey Gidman
43:04
I read someone else's poems
Alexander Levering Kern
43:08
ride the subway
Rebekah (she/her)
43:12
Listen.
Kathleen Gillespie
43:13
watch cartoons
grace massey
43:15
work in the garden
Fran McManus, RSM
43:15
poem tickets
Karen Skolfield (she/her)
43:19
Go to readings
Susanna Rich
44:17
I don't believe in artificial "getting myself to write." Life offer ideas. Anne Sexton said, the only inspiration is to show up when the inspiration comes.
Kenny Likis
44:17
Listen for a line
Rebekah (she/her)
45:02
Kali I like your friend
Lauren Bullock | she/her
45:12
Mm, that’s a good point
Cindy
46:30
First there will be a phrase. Then I will listen to audio books while walking and working. I research the subject online, read books, as well.
Rebekah (she/her)
46:31
I love wiki walking!
cathy Lentes
46:35
That workshop was great.
Britt
46:43
giving up control is essential to write poetry
kat szpekman
47:00
Yes Britt!
Britt
47:20
😉
Danielle Janess (she/her)
47:34
Exciting!
Julia
48:53
spiritual drano :)
Rebekah (she/her)
51:27
Is that shot story published somewhere we can read it?
Maria Pinto (she/her) and Walter Smelt (he/him)
52:48
Yes, published on Frigg!
Rebekah (she/her)
53:33
*thumbs up emoji*
Veera Dr. Rajaratnam
54:07
Wonderful.... "SERENDIPITY..." Everyone! - VeerajaR born in Serendip!
Veera Dr. Rajaratnam
54:36
Well said Maya..!
Volunteer, Erica Charis-Molling (she/her)
55:00
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David Miller
55:41
"Pig Brains Revived After Death" was a newspaper headline that got me going on a poem -
Veera Dr. Rajaratnam
59:22
Maya, I would like to invite you to be Featured in TN POETs Annual Program. Would you be interested? Email: williamson.tnpoets@gmail.com (my website: www.joypoet.com)
Emily Franklin
59:40
https://shenandoahliterary.org/701/tell-me-how-you-got-here/
Veera Dr. Rajaratnam
01:01:11
AWESOME!!! Who would have thought this... Maria!
Maria Pinto (she/her) and Walter Smelt (he/him)
01:01:35
Think of a topic you’ve been wanting to write about for a while now. Now look around your room or in your house, maybe even just at your desk, for something that you’ll use as a template. It could be the label of your 24hr antihistamine tablets, the nutrition info for your box of saltines, the set of blurbs beyond the front cover of your book, whatever catches your eye. The only rule is that it needs to be a piece of non-creative writing. Now use that thing as the template for your poem.
susansaccoccia
01:02:42
Emily, please link to parrot-inspired poem
Maria Pinto (she/her) and Walter Smelt (he/him)
01:03:10
https://shenandoahliterary.org/701/tell-me-how-you-got-here/
Melissa Alipalo (she/her)
01:03:49
Good good good
Rebekah (she/her)
01:03:53
Found an IKEA advertisement in a Nat Geo magazine that I'm working with.
carla
01:04:12
Started strong, sort of stuck now lol
Emily Franklin
01:04:15
I have directions for a family board game
Lauren Bullock | she/her
01:04:17
A little stuck on something I’ve wanted to write for a while but haven’t
brenda
01:04:32
Post the directions please?
Maria Pinto (she/her) and Walter Smelt (he/him)
01:05:08
Think of a topic you’ve been wanting to write about for a while now. Now look around your room or in your house, maybe even just at your desk, for something that you’ll use as a template. It could be the label of your 24hr antihistamine tablets, the nutrition info for your box of saltines, the set of blurbs beyond the front cover of your book, whatever catches your eye. The only rule is that it needs to be a piece of non-creative writing. Now use that thing as the template for your poem.
Karina Borowicz
01:05:12
Awesome, I landed on the book Official Rules of Card Games that's on the coffee table... gives me lots to work with.
Maria Pinto (she/her) and Walter Smelt (he/him)
01:05:21
Nice!
Gabriel McCreath (he/xe)
01:06:10
Using my cinnamon roll from breakfast as a template; writing along a spiral—hard to describe the visual but it’s going great!!
Susanna Rich
01:06:32
Instructions to fix a computer problem
Maria Pinto (she/her) and Walter Smelt (he/him)
01:06:55
I once had a student use a jiffy pie mix box once!
Fred Haas (He/Him)
01:07:16
Terrific fun if you can put all the thinking aside and allow yourself to improv
Jill Crammond
01:07:36
using my tarot book description as template, and my teenager flipping crepes in a pan.
Maria Pinto (she/her) and Walter Smelt (he/him)
01:07:37
Totally the idea! Get out of your own way and play!
Jill Crammond
01:07:51
these teenagers are great inspiration
Isabella Clark (she/her)
01:07:54
trying to duplicate the writing on a medication vial, a little tricky but worth it
Kara Provost (she/her)
01:08:27
Using the amaryllis growing kit that’s been sitting on my desk for a year or two!
Emily Franklin
01:08:28
Love the way this can play with form and language and space on the page
Veera Dr. Rajaratnam
01:09:08
Yes! Claritin tablets for my Allergies!
Walter Williams
01:09:14
When taken internally, the side effects of this poem may include nausea, vomiting. Opening a third eye, seeing and beholding multiple dimensions on a line, on a page, shaped into letters, forming words, which, ingested, bring you to a state of unanticipated being. Take with food. Take with strong drink. Don’t drive or operate heavy machinery after ingesting.
Shannon Murphy (she/her/hers)
01:09:26
Instruction manuals seem fruitful. I’m using the back cover of my How to Draw Almost Everything book.
Susanna Rich
01:10:02
Very freeing! Thank you, Maria!
Margaret Emerson
01:10:03
Great!
Nina Lewis
01:10:17
that was great
Alexander Levering Kern
01:10:24
terrific,.Maria. thanks!
Volunteer, Erica Charis-Molling (she/her)
01:10:24
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susansaccoccia
01:10:27
What an adventure…cartoon caption test led to exploring origin of word “test” and onward
Aurora Masum-Javed
01:10:30
wonderful, thank you Maria
Gabby Gilliam
01:10:39
I used a cookbook for the last exercise!
Kathleen Gillespie
01:11:13
Dr Who action figures 1971
Veera Dr. Rajaratnam
01:11:25
Take it Once a day.../when you feel/ your ocean/ of Inflammation/Rising up!
Maya Demissie (they/them)
01:11:32
Find a text or piece and transform it. The text can be a recipe, a tweet, an excerpt from a novel, anything. Write all over it - annotate, erase, and rewrite. This is best done with a text you either really love or really hate. Feel free to play around with form and structure. Try your best to make it your own!
Maria Pinto (she/her) and Walter Smelt (he/him)
01:12:14
We’ll try to finish this one by 11.02 (just to keep things moving)
Karina Borowicz
01:13:24
Maya, how much of the original do you retain in the final piece?
Maya Demissie (they/them)
01:14:41
The original recipe sort of acted like a structure for my own writing. Maybe 40% was the original piece. But feel free to deviate from that! Whatever works for your piece
Karina Borowicz
01:15:42
Wonderful. Is your poem available to read online?
Maya Demissie (they/them)
01:16:22
Karina - not right now unfortunately
Maya Demissie (they/them)
01:17:08
For those who just joined, here is the prompt we’re working on: Find a text or piece and transform it. The text can be a recipe, a tweet, an excerpt from a novel, anything. Write all over it - annotate, erase, and rewrite. This is best done with a text you either really love or really hate. Feel free to play around with form and structure. Try your best to make it your own!
Walter Williams
01:17:30
From Jane Alison’s Meander, Spiral, Explode
Isabella Clark (she/her)
01:17:32
annotated a poem I wrote in the beginning of quarantine from the perspective of now an reflecting on how the world changed
Karina Borowicz
01:17:44
Thanks, Maya, your recipe poem sounds so interesting.
Maria Pinto (she/her) and Walter Smelt (he/him)
01:17:50
Great idea!
Walter Williams
01:18:34
Before flying overhead to view spirals, meanders, or branching patterns, in a story, look at the spirals of your life, down the drain, the flow of hopes and aspirations, the meandering drunken walks home, arm in arm, singing, the branching of trees, roads veins, before the cut to bleed upon the page
Maria Pinto (she/her) and Walter Smelt (he/him)
01:18:53
We want to make sure there’s time for Emily’s prompt, but remember you can always return to and continue these exercises later.
Veera Dr. Rajaratnam
01:19:13
to make it your ownTry your besttransform itannotate, erase, and rewriteThis is best doneanything you either really hateFor feel free to play aroundWrite all over it –with form and structurereally love!-VeerajaR(www.joypoet.com)From Maya's Instruction!
Susanna Rich
01:19:13
Thank you, Maya! Very inspiring!
Veera Dr. Rajaratnam
01:19:34
Or feel free
Nina Lewis
01:19:40
All households should be suspicious// a rewrite of the census letter :)
Emily
01:19:48
This has been so wonderful!
Volunteer, Erica Charis-Molling (she/her)
01:19:56
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Aurora Masum-Javed
01:19:57
wonderful, thank you!
Emily
01:20:58
Whooooooo!
Emily Franklin
01:20:59
COW CRASHES THROUGH ROOF, KILLS SLEEPING MAN: ”I didn't bring my son up to be killed by a falling cow," says the grieving mother of a Brazilian man killed when a cow crashed through the roof of his home.The 45-year-old was asleep next to his wife on Wednesday when the 3,000-pound animal, believed to have escaped from a nearby farm in Caratinga, stepped onto the corrugated roof after grazing on a hill behind the couple's home, the Telegraph reports. The wife -- and the cow -- were unharmed.The man died the next day from internal bleeding and his family says he died because he had to wait too long to see a doctor; the Independent reports the hospital has denied the claim."Being crushed by a cow in your bed is the last way you expect to leave this earth," his brother says. "But in my view it wasn't the cow that killed our Joao, it was the unacceptable time he spent waiting to be examined."
Karina Borowicz
01:21:32
Love your poem, Emily!
pai22m@mtholyoke.edu
01:22:02
can you post the owl one?
Katharine Goda
01:22:27
Emily your poem is so beautiful. Where can we read it?
Maria Pinto (she/her) and Walter Smelt (he/him)
01:22:38
https://diply.com/31994/owl-mistakes-duck-egg-for-its-own-and-ends-up-raising-it-anyway
Kate Lonergan (she/her)
01:22:39
IT's ok--we just need the headline!
Emily Franklin
01:23:04
THANKS!
Maria Pinto (she/her) and Walter Smelt (he/him)
01:23:37
This one we’ll need to wrap up about 11.10 to leave time for logistical stuff at the end.
Emily Franklin
01:24:41
If the headlines aren’t inspiring you, see if you can find questions buried in them… what do we call our own? What falls on us and nearly kills us? When were you last surprised? Who is most birdlike in your life?
Maria Pinto (she/her) and Walter Smelt (he/him)
01:25:24
Great ways into a poem, Emily…. I’m excited to try these exercises out myself! (Sometime when I’m not distracted by moderating.)
Isabella Clark (she/her)
01:27:58
the cow one reminded me that my high school had a senior prank with a cow on the roof go terribly wrong 20+ years ago and it's really fun making up a story combining the two
Kathleen Gillespie
01:28:50
Cow crashingresilientweightdreamsgravitythe delightof flightcut shortby earthand endingin confusionby a humancushion
Walter Williams
01:28:52
Look for hidden questions
Rebekah (she/her)
01:28:52
IKEA ad, their take and mine: Joy is priceless.The rest is really affordable.The joy of the holidays is in how we celebrate together, even if it isn’t howwe had planned. You can still enjoy the holidays, at a price you love,in the comfort of a place that’s always been home.My take:Joy is hard to come by these days.Why don’t we make it a little bit harder?What they don’t show here is how long it took for you and your partnerto put together the table in this advertisement in the place you’ve been stuckfor a year, punishment for living in a society.At least it doesn’t break the bank...When did this stop feeling like home?
Cindy
01:29:06
Wisdom Stone Light to the touch What lurks under the surface? What's inside? Do you crack it open to quench your curiosity? What damage would that cause? That's cause for pause. Does it deserve such scrutiny? Is there destruction in the seeds of discovery? Research, delve deep. Learn not to destroy to fill the void.
Emily
01:29:09
A lot of us contain ingredients that go beyond our labels and who is going to raise me to their lips for a taste to find out what lies hidden in my subtle flavors?
Susanna Rich
01:29:10
Scrape the jackets off the potatoes
David Miller
01:29:15
No one brings up their children to be killed by falling cows.No one raises cattle to have them dropped on sleeping civilians.
Fred Haas (He/Him)
01:29:18
Disinfecting Memory Wipes
Volunteer, Erica Charis-Molling (she/her)
01:29:27
Potato jackets!
Fran McManus, RSM
01:29:28
Needing to write a Pentecost poem, so my start from Maria’s PromptWhat’s in the box?Wyler’s Light Raspberryartificially flavoredsugar free , but stillexcellent Vitamin Csource, sorcery!Did it seem like that,Jesus, that first Pentecost?Just days beforeyou had wizarded upwards.Wonder worker,working out up and away.Yeah ,so you said, so you did.Articiailly flavored promisesmade as singles, signals to go…Overpromised under-nourished, how did theysurvive, not getknocked over,burned out by spirit windtongues of fire.Jesus, flame thrower-you we they pouredout shaken updrunk though it is still earlythe divining has alreadybegun, stirringconsuming, consumed.
Kara Provost (she/her)
01:29:30
Owl mistakes duck egg for its own and raises it
Danielle Janess (she/her)
01:29:43
Great exercise, Emily. Thank you!
Sandy Sprague
01:29:53
the 3,000 pound animal tried and failed to jump over the moonIt should have known better… as if the man had a targeton his back, the landing padof the cow's unreachable dreams
Gabriel McCreath (he/xe)
01:29:58
From Maria’s prompt (used a cinnamon roll as a template):St Francis do you also call yourselfSt Francis do you also wishSt Francis do you alsoSt Francis doSt
Kate Lonergan (she/her)
01:30:01
From something I hate, a spam email telling me that someone has my password: "There's no way to have the key to me, as I don't even have one. What you would find is planted firmly in the soil of my soul, with roots that won't be disturbed by prying data."
Audrey Gidman
01:30:03
"How I imagine the men I've dated would blurb me"
Cathy (she/her) Fahey
01:30:03
so many great prompts! Thank you, poets!
Maria Pinto (she/her) and Walter Smelt (he/him)
01:30:03
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HWEMI7IvWQ4Ob2se4J4cOui9ZINfR6GaI3vnsGLKeik/edit?usp=sharing
Emily
01:30:18
Thanks for sharing htat!
Kara Provost (she/her)
01:30:23
And perhaps it was no mistake/this impulse to/take in what seems unwanted/like my daughter/adopting cast-off/clothes from the free bin/in her dormitory
Fred Haas (He/Him)
01:30:33
Bessie flew far and high, barely clearing the moon, at her peak and mooed
Veera Dr. Rajaratnam
01:30:34
Oh these leaves.../the petals.../ soft gentle falling on me! Thank GOD … for Not turning them to rocks or turning into... some!
Jeannie
01:30:43
Germ-X Original Hand Sanitizer Bottle(Pre-2020)Kills 99.99% of germs*no one cared about the asteriskor the .01% of germsMoisturizing with vitamin Eused to care about raw handscovid cured thatWarnings: For external use onlylaughablewho would need that warning?Questions?yes, lots
Gabriel McCreath (he/xe)
01:30:55
Also for the annotation one, I annotated an essay about how “the internet is ruining poetry” etc (which I 100% disagree with lol)
Jennifer Garfield (she/her)
01:30:56
and the tupperwarewhispers you are a good momyou are a good girl
Anisha
01:31:05
Raising mistakes ends up a owl, and for it, it's own duck anyway
Emily Franklin
01:31:08
Thanks, everyone!
Margaret Emerson
01:31:23
She sat on it awkward - cut could- kept it warm and safe snug and special became the focus of her life brought heat to her heart dreams to her sleep until movement stirred the egg and her soul
Cindy
01:31:27
Thank you kindly
Volunteer Sarah Clark (She/Hers)
01:31:30
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Shannon Murphy (she/her/hers)
01:31:46
Thank you all so much!
kat szpekman
01:31:51
thanks
cathy Lentes
01:31:52
Great fun! Thank you.
Jeannie
01:31:52
thank you
Sandy Sprague
01:31:53
Thank you all so much!
Kathleen Gillespie
01:31:54
that was refreshing! thanks all!
Theodora Stratis
01:31:55
Thank you! Great workshop.
Britt
01:31:56
thanks!
Lauren Bullock | she/her
01:31:56
Thank you!
Kenny Likis
01:31:58
Thank you Maya, Emily, Maria, and Walter!
Gabriel McCreath (he/xe)
01:32:02
Thank you this was so great!!!
Emily Franklin
01:32:04
www.emilyfranklin.com
David Miller
01:32:05
Lots to work on, and thanks for the Google Doc!
Aurora Masum-Javed
01:32:07
Thank you!!
Walter Williams
01:32:11
Thank you!
Rebecca Cross
01:32:13
Thank you!
Danielle Janess (she/her)
01:32:24
https://www.mqup.ca/milk-of-amnesia--the-products-9780228003458.php
Emily Franklin
01:32:28
Thanks, everyone! www.emilyfranklin.com
Volunteer, Erica Charis-Molling (she/her)
01:32:32
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Alexander Levering Kern
01:32:34
wonderful!!!
Deborah Murphy
01:32:35
Great workshop. Thank you for the inspiration!
Emma Miles
01:32:37
Instagram : cancerthe_crab for poetics & photography <3 thanks everyone!
Nina Lewis
01:32:43
brilliant wkshop ty
Jill Crammond
01:32:43
So great! Thank you!