Poetry Ain't so Persnickety after all
Colleen Getty facilitated the Portrait Poetry workshop and we hear from a reliable source that she is very fond of the poetic form. She actually thinks it's fun and at the very least cathartic.
Participants were walked through a simple brainstorming process and then invited to put words down on paper. It was that simple. Getting what is in your head or heart down on paper where you can shape it in a tangible way using words. Sometimes you really have to hunt for the right word. Throw one out, pick another one up or pull something away so that a word that really works is allowed to shine and make a point.
That's poetry. It's the whiskey of the writing world, if you will. A distillation of all that might be bumping around in our heads.
The best news we have to report is that eventually everybody in that room read a piece of what they wrote, and it was amazing. It was a safe space for all the words people wanted to share.
We look forward to our Veterans and Service Members Writing Series in November thanks to a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham and Wakefield.