Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Writing Personal Poems from Your Journal Pages

In response to a request from Vicki, I'm going to write a little about how I "journal."

I often write poems several times during the process of beading each piece. The purpose is to get in touch with what my heart is saying through the work of my hands. Writing these poems by-passes my intellect, the analytical and controlling part of me, and gets to the core of who I really am at heart. I don't try to write "proper poetry" (whatever that is)... rather, I call them personal poems.

Here's one way to write personal poems: Sit with your piece for a few moments, absorbing the details of it. Write a list of ALL the words and phrases that pop into your mind as you look at it and at your beads and other materials. Circle the phrase that seems the MOST COMPELLING to you. Write "I am ____________." Fill in the blank with the word (or phrase) you circled. That's the first line of a poem about yourself. Write it using some or all of the other words and phrases in your list.

Here's one other suggestion to try: After sitting with your piece for a while, write this sentence: "One thing I don't want to tell you about is ______________." Again, this is the first line of a poem, inspired by your art, about you.

Is this interesting to anybody? Does anyone want to share a personal poem they've written about their piece?


linda schiffer said...

Robin, when I signed up to take part in this BJ project, you said something in the email to me about my being able to post to this blog. How do I do that? I just finished my June page and wanted to tell folks they could look at it on my blog ( -- but I don't see how I can initiate a post?


:) Linda Schiffer (from work)

Vicki said...

Thanks, Robin. I love this personal poem approach, but had forgotten it since your workshop!

beadbabe49 said...

This is very interesting and something I'd like to try the next time I'm "stuck" with where a piece is going.

vivage said...

Did you ever figure out how to post a post? If not, take a look at the BJP page and you should see a beige bar at the very top of the page, on the right hand side you'll see: Sign Out, to the left of that Customize and to the left of that New Post.

Click New Post and wait for the page to load. There you go! Hope that helps.

Lisa B. said...

I really like this idea. In the past I've written a lot of haiku as a way of exploring ideas in a more non-analytical way than is my typical approach to things. Then I've created a few beaded quilts or bead embroideries with a haiku embroidered onto them. But I like the idea of writing a poem while the stitching is in progress as a way of exploring and understanding the piece. I'd love to try this through the BJP.

Lisa B.