Poem ideas developed during 15minutes exercises from the workshop on 'Maps, Charts & Plans' with Emma Purshouse during the Audlem Festival on Sunday 25th May 2014.
Exercise 1. Describe yourself as a journey.
Drawn in by loudness, laughter
ice creams and screams.
Look down through separated planks,
a glimpse of unknown depths.
Exercise 2. Develop a piece of writing from a list of found place names.
They came from Little Shrewley
Looking all the same.
Small, wizened, pointy faces
looking for others to take the blame.
They made us stand on Ugly Bridge.
ugly in spirit, ugly in deed
different from them they said,
following a different creed.
But now we are on Gallows Bridge
gazing into shallow depths.
Our rainbow Cape of love and pride
blowing proudly in the breeze.
Exercise 3. Map out a well known personal route as a description for others to follow
Out the door the wind will take your breath away
even before you see the sea.
Follow the noise of mixed tongues
strolling unawares, unconcerned
into the path of cyclists
in training, in a rush.
Down the ramp framed by peeling green ironwork
into the drift of smoking fish
and discarded seafood seashells.
Past the incessant rise and fall
of circular song, and in the distance
the skeletal remains rise out of the sea
creating art from disaster.
And finally a pause, below the Grand facade
seduced to sit and sip the warm exotic scents
and watch the world go by
wrapped in overheard conversations.