Will and Testament
begin by imagining you have only the next three months left
to write poetry; twelve weeks to say what you need to say
in verse. Knowing this, you summon the strength to write two
poems a week. You are determined to leave a chapbook of 33
pages before your poetry-writing time expires...
Start writing! What do you decide to write first? What second
poem does that first poem prompt? What do you have left to
say in your lifetime that you must say in verse? Imagine you
have only this "semester" to say it.
Remember, we are imagining after these twelve weeks, you will
NEVER be able to write poetry again (you will, you will -
this is just make believe - JUST make believe (no such thing
as JUST make believe).
In considering what to write, you might consider what in your
life not only demands expression, but requires it in verse
- in that play of the mind we call verse.
You may, of course, want to "submit"
the poems you write during the course of our workshop and
get response on them as we move through the months, so you
can also be revising them.
the OPP Gallery often to post your
poems and pictures, provide feedback and comments on other