Zena Edwards' poem, written as an evaluative response to stimulus in Kendel Hippolyte's Inscribe workshop on poetry, was picked as the winner for the workshop contest.
The Vegan Burger Was Nice! 'Bijou' takes on a whole new meaning when filled with writers A treasure trove in a warehouse Concrete, cold - warm wordy women The overspill of sounds conflict Writery thoughts and liberation music collide. But it's people and community space that keep community alive.
Zena had the following comment to share:
I found Kendal's workshop to be so interesting because of the way it forced us to diligently focus on how much the information one human sense can feed you. Kendal had us focused on the visual and I began to comprehend the deeper levels and gifts visuality beyond sight gives us when it comes to writing poetically.
I felt my inner eye getting a proper workout as the saying muscle. To do his exercise with all 5/6 senses would be very satisfying to complete because I felt really open creatively after the session.
He also made us work with the tanka poetic form which was great for working the technical muscle, but it also flexed the musicality muscle. As a vocalist, I look for the sonic score of a poem, as it's crucial for my performance style.
Just as a masterclass should be, I appreciated Kendal's attention to the discipline and the specificity of his instruction - you being asked to squeeze ideas and our creativity through a really tightly meshed filter. That way you get more essence of poem. It was challenging but a good workout, making it easier to write in the end.
Plus I so enjoyed listening to everybody else as poems and approaches to go work. As jobbing artists, it's rare to be in a room with others sharing, so that was a really warming experience.
I appreciate being on Inscribe's mailing list and part of the collective because I get so much information that's regional and that's important for the goldfish bowl that London becomes sometimes for writers. Also, the opportunities to get professional development support via Inscribe are essentially focused for writers of colour, and that is hard to find despite the diversity drive that seems to be happening. It makes Inscribe a fundamental source for writers of colour.