Thursday, 12 June 2014

Poetic Eavesdropping

08:22:00 Posted by Lara Clayton , , , 2 comments
A Writing Exercise:

Take yourself out into the world and listen. Whether you find yourself on a train, in a coffee shop, in an art gallery or in a supermarket queue, there should be plenty of chatter for you to eavesdrop on. Listen to the conversations of those around you, and jot down anything that catches your attention. Perhaps you'll find yourself drawn to a singular voice, one conversation, or maybe you'll find your attention flits between different voices in different conversations. Either way, just write what you hear (or what you think you hear).

Can the snippets of conversation be reworked into a type of 'found poem'?

Does anything you've heard cause you to think of anything else?

Can you find a starting, middle or end point for a poem from the conversations you've overheard?

*Due to illness this post is minimal 


Colin Davies said...

Covert poetry writing, interesting.

An impulsive berk said...

That photo is ace :)

Here's a quickie based on my neighbours...

Good Fences

just get out
I don't care where
get out

a cough

you ran all the water
you knew I wanted a shower
just go
get out

footsteps on concrete

you're taking your bike?
where are you going?
I hate you!

gate opens with a creak
gate slams shut

go then
I fucking hate you!
Daddy's going now
and he's not coming back

door slams shut

I drop a peg on the ground
one of the rabbits drinks noisily from its bottle
a fly buzzes past my ear