Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Imagining A to Z: C is for Compose Walking Poems

C is for Compose Walking Poems

What you Need:
  1. Yourself.
  2. A recorder and cameras that can be found on a smartphone.
  3. The app, Videolicious (You can see a demo movie I made at the bottom of the blog).
  4. A walk.

  1. Take yourself out for the day with your smart phone in hand.
  2. Deeply notice as you walk. 
  3. Make images of what catches your eye, your ear. Be spontaneous. Playful.
  4. Take a moment to notice what you have captured on your phone and think about how these disparate images and noticings might come together.
  5. Make a 30-second poem that you videotape yourself reading based on your wandering. I use the Videolicious app for this.
  6. Asssemble all of it using Videolicious or another app of your choice (Animoto, etc.)
  7. Upload and share.
A bit of inspiration from Rainer Maria Rilke:

A Walk

My eyes already touch the sunny hill.
going far ahead of the road I have begun.
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
it has inner light, even from a distance-

and charges us, even if we do not reach it,
into something else, which, hardly sensing it,
we already are; a gesture waves us on
answering our own wave...
but what we feel is the wind in our faces.

Translated by Robert Bly


Note: In this series of post during the month of April, I am participating in the A to Z blogging challenge, with each day focusing on a letter.  In order to bring some cohesion to this process--releasing the imagination is the focus of each post.

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