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Poem It Out Classroom

week 2: dance it out, poem it out

liz lamoreux

So far in Poem It Out, we have indeed been poeming, but today I'm inviting you to poem out whatever you need to get out of you. And I mean the big stuff. That stuff that causes our minds to turn and turn or our hearts to feel heavy or our shoulders to hunch a bit too close to our ears. Today, let's use poetry to get whatever we need to onto paper to create more space inside us. In today's video and words below, I give you some ideas and prompts to help you begin to create this space.

Prompt: Dance it out. Poem it out.



video URL: https://vimeo.com/40122965
video password: poeming 

In the video, I explain a bit about why I called this workshop Poem It Out and how it relates to dancing it out and singing it out for me. 

When you get ready to poem out whatever you need to today, one idea would be to first put on some music and dance just a bit to get into your body and out of your head. Another idea would be to simply close your eyes and take a few deep breaths and notice your toes then your legs then your hips and all the way up through your body until you reach the top of your head. Then before you start writing, find your feet again and make sure you can feel all your toes on the floor to really ground your body.

In the video, I give you a few prompt ideas to help you begin. These could be possible first lines, titles, phrases that appear in your poem, or perhaps they will just give you a jumping off point:

The story I am not telling is…
I meant to say
I’m thirsty for... (inspired by the excerpt from “Breath” by David Williams in the photo of the welcome post)
My heart hungers for...
My body needs...
What you don’t see
Or go back to the senses

A gentle reminder: Please continue to move at your pace in this class. You can choose which prompts speak to you and let go of those that don't. You can ignore the prompts and just do your thing (whatever that is). This is a pressure-free zone. But still be sure to put pen to paper for a few minutes today.