How to Organise a Successful Poetry Event

 

Event Planning

How to organise a successful poetry event? The other morning, my daily scroll of electronic mail yielded a sad fact. An impersonal face book message informed me that Ddotti Bluebell, only a day or two before enthusiastically sharing a poetry event, had cancelled it. It might have been diary mismanagement, but my automatic assumption was that no one has signed up for it (showbiz? No: that’s poetry!). This said, over the past year, I have had the pleasure of being present at successfully poetry promoting events (notwithstanding if everything is poetry), and thought I would share some ideas for orchestrating such a phenomena

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Poems on the Underground or Cracks in the Porcelain: Duende and the Chemistry of Poems

London

Dear Dot,

Poems on the Underground or  Cracks in the Porcelain: Duende and the Chemistry of Poems

Re: 10 Ways to Open the Creative Mind  for Essaying

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In my first week of a new job last week, I had to come up with an exercise that would allow me to come back strong to daily writing alongside my new workload and all the excitements of the office (!). I also wanted it to take me back to the fundamental structure of poetry. During the past year, where I’ve really just been writing what I could when I could, I’ve wandered further and further from the source of poetry’s power; I want to strip away the layers of ornament and prettiness and get my finger back on its pulse. I’ve kept thinking about the relevance of duende, which I rediscovered in my last post, and wanted to explore it further. (To warn/excite you, I suspect that this will form something of a theme in my next few posts – it feeds into my thinking about the purposes of writing, which I’ve been mulling over a lot and am building towards a post on.)

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A New Start: Going Deeper with Duende and the Simple Things

South Coast

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Re: Mushroom Time

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A new start: going deeper with duende and the simpler things. I’m sitting in the public library down the road from the shop where my dissertation’s being printed, and in a couple of hours I’ll pick it up and hand it in. It’s really crunch time now, poetry-wise. This has been a bit of an off year, because it’s taken so much to adjust to my new life outside undergraduate and to get my MA done that I haven’t had anything left for writing. The last couple of months of my dissertation, I basically didn’t write or read a word of poetry, and it’s got to the point where getting back into writing will be like a new plunge, rather than just slipping in deeper. It’s intimidating; but I have to take that plunge now, and not let my off-year drag on until being a poet fades into a far-off undergraduate dream-life.

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Mushroom Time!

Coventry

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Re: Restarting my Writing Life

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It’s nearly mushrooming time (:/,) which reminds me of referencing; over the past few days, doing that has also  led me to peruse “creativity” in a different light. Yesterday, I spent the whole day doing some, in order to write up my summer research project. I am citing in a different style to what I’m “used” to (not MLA, but Harvard – my first love), and have put the task the other way round to what one might expect in the  activity of the writing up process. All has put a new slant on the matter of creativity, anyway.

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The Quest for the Holy…

Coventry

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Re: Slow-Growing Poetry and Social Engagement

 

Thank you for introducing me to this new source of  fun and high-jinks for writers (The Campus). I found your questioning so inspiring that I created a pictorial response, to your question (to Dot), “but is not all poetry about our experiences in the world?” I have called it “the quest for the Holy Poetry”, and I hope you like it…

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Slow-Growing Poetry and Social Engagement

London

Dear Dot,

Re:From between a Rock and a Hard Place

Coventry..

I’m getting more and more interested in this whole issue of poetic engagement that we’ve been talking about so much in various guises recently. My discussion of projects that broaden the poet’s ‘workplace’ from their immediate environment to the world, and your experience of the poetic community’s behavioural codes as forces encouraging poets to explore one another’s work, both stem from a feeling that our work should be outward-looking and interactive.

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Poetry and Spaces

Coventry

Dear Dot,

Re:EAT SLEEP RAVE REPEAT: Coping with a Glasto come down

Coventry..

This post was inspired by a visit a couple of weeks ago to the exhibition of Matisse cut-outs currently on at the Tate Modern. The cut-out period of Matisse’s art coincided with his late sixties, when his health deteriorated and painting became difficult – but the exhibition guides were very keen to stress that we shouldn’t see his work with painted paper, scissors, glue and pins as just a substitute for his ‘real’ art form. And one of the things that most brought home to me what a vibrant medium Matisse had discovered was the way his cut-outs inhabited his workspace. One room of the exhibition was devoted to designs Matisse had made on the walls of his bedroom.

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