Poetry Workshop: Voice

Notes from the poetry workshop by Rebecca Balcárcel, author of Palabras in Each Fist, who was on my campus yesterday.

Overflow with voice:
Use unique language combinations.
Make words drip with personality.
Use words and phrases not in the pool of common language. (Lucy Greeley)

Try out a voice!
Describe a sunset in the voice of
a cowboy/girl
a child
a scientist

This was quite fun and three students volunteered to read, one from each voice. The sky was the color of spilled orange juice and there was a tetrahedral carbon atom doing something… (Student usage was superior to my reporting.)

I had a lot of fun with this exercise and I think that these could be done in many different ways. As a short writing exercise, she gave us three to five minutes, this worked very well.

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