Ponderables

It’s Saturday night – a¬†traditional time of crazy conversations in our household and I want to share the hilarity. ūüôā

So… I give you a few of tonight’s ponderables.

  • Why is it that everyone driving faster than you is an idiot and everyone driving slower than you is a moron?
  • What is another word for thesaurus?
  • Is it colder in the winter or the city?
  • Do butterflies remember their life as a caterpillar?
  • Why doesn’t¬†honey come in a plastic bee?
  • If you were in an accident and lost your legs, would you have to change your height and weight on your driver’s license?
  • If you put a chameleon in a room full of mirrors, what color would it turn?
  • Why don’t woodpeckers get headaches or concussions when they are slamming their heads into trees all day?
  • Why do round pizzas always come in a square box?

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Slam Poetry

Take something¬†already written…

  • A chapter of a novel (written by you or someone else)
  • The lyrics of a song
  • The 7th word on each of a¬†random selection of dictionary pages (oh… let’s say, pages 23, 94, 96, 133, 257 and 444. Or, match the pages numbers to the birth dates¬†of all your best friends or children.)
  • A letter to the editor
  • The back of your cereal box

And re-work it into a slam poem. Or, take a slam poem and use it to create a short story, a song, a painting, a chapter of your new best seller. ‚̧

A Brief Guide to Slam Poetry

The Most Powerful Force

Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble. ~ Yehuda Berg

Batman___Word_by_Defiant_AntMany people believe love is the most powerful force available to humanity. Other people are adamant that the most powerful force is anger. Like Yehuda Berg, I would argue that the most powerful force available to humanity is words. As such, I give you inspiration in the form of words. These may not all be original ideas but¬†they are ones I have collected over the years that have intrigued and inspired me.¬† I have notebooks full of these and plan to¬†post ideas periodically. ‚̧


Religion:

  • Write a seven-line poem about one of the seven deadly sins that only contains seven words in each of the lines.
  • Where has God shown up in your life today? Have you seen Him at work?
  • What are your biggest temptations?
  • Taking care of yourself – body, spirit and intellect – is a stewardship issue. How are you going to care for your own needs this week?
  • What lies are stuck in your head telling you things that are clearly not of God? Where did they come from? People? Your self?

Things:

  • Find a favorite recipe. Now write an essay inspired by or in the style of that recipe about a¬†secret¬†– yours or someone else’s.
  • Write a poem¬†that describes the wallpaper on your computer (or the image of the last postcard you received.
  • Invent and describe a new food.Compile a list of inanimate objects to which you could compare yourself.
  • What commercial or television show is most annoying to you? Explain why.
  • Look through your periphery vision. What shapes and colors do you see? If you didn’t know what was there, what might you think this thing is? What if you had to live your life¬†seeing the world only¬†through periphery vision? How would things be different?

People and relationships:

  • Describe someone who is a hero to you and explain why.
  • Write about a time you were talking into something that you regretted.
  • A lot of people write about poor relationships or relationships gone wrong. Instead, write about a relationship gone right, a relationship that was healthy and happy and¬†did not result in heartache, betrayal and pain.
  • Write about your relationship with a person you have never met (historical, fictional, cyber etc)
  • Today, on the way home from work (or out running errands), pick out a stranger, someone you don’t know.¬† Create a back story for them. Is this someone you would like to know? Explain.

Concepts:

  • Write about a day you’d like to forget.
  • What things touch your heart and heal your soul?
  • What would you do if all the electricity in the world simply stopped?
  • Write down 50 things that make you feel good. (Yes, fifty. Five – Zero.)
  • Are you stuck in a giant hamster wheel? What can you do to reduce the busyness and become more of a whole, healthy, dynamic human being?

Places:

  • If you lived in a different century, what would an average day be like for you?
  • Write about what you didn’t do and where you didn’t go this weekend.
  • Draw an imaginary constellation. Write a story about it such as ancient people may have told.
  • Pretend you have been shrunk. Describe the room you are sitting in.
  • Think of your favorite place. Describe it and portray its essence. Bonus: Do this¬†without ever specifically identifying the place you are talking about. If you were reading what you wrote for the first time, would you know what was being described?

All the World’s a Stage

Everybody has his own theatre, in which he is manager, actor, prompter, playwright, scene shifter, box keeper, doorkeeper, all in one, and audience to boot”

~ Julius and Augustus Hare

 

If your life were a movie or a play, how much would be back story? Where does the bulk of the story take place? How does it end? Is it a series or a single work? What type of play/movie is it? Drama? Comedy? Action? Absurdist?

If you were producing this piece, who would you cast in the leading role? Who would play the other characters? What would the theme song be? Who is your target audience? How would you market it? How would you edit it? What is the main theme?

Fragmented Friday

Fragmentation and Postmodernism I

Fragmentation is an important aspect of Postmodernism. A whole and entire phenomenon on its own, the postmodernist movement began in the field of architecture but spread to art, literature, cinema, culture and philosophy in no time. According to writer James Morley, postmodernism seeks to maintain elements of modern utility while returning to classical forms of the past. He describes it as an ‚Äúironic brick-a-brack or collage approach to construction that combines several tradition styles into one structure.‚ÄĚ In fields of postmodern artwork, fragmentation signifies the breaking rather than building up of information, to form a structure that would convey a hidden message rather than the obvious message to its audience.”¬†~ Classic Literature Examiner Adya Sinha

Examples:

Weisman Art Museum designed by Frank Gehry

Weisman Art Museum designed by Frank Gehry

 

Back to Beauty by Hossam Dirar

Back to Beauty by Hossam Dirar