HOWEVER, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ENJOY THE POEMS CREATED IN THE PROCESS AND THE RESULTING ACADEMIC PAPER, LINKED BELOW.
As a final project for a Masters class, I am exploring learning in diverse settings from March 1-14, 2015, and I invite you to be part of my exploration!
We find ourselves here in a mutual setting on this blog, but our words begin their journeys from points all over the globe. Share the journey! Please contribute your blog links, your poem, your video link, and/or comments about the topics, and your responses and queries to the poetry shared by others in the comment section below.
Welcome! Stay a while! Let’s chat about poetry and its place, our place, other places.
Let’s see what fascinating folks we meet, and see where our journey leads.
March 1: A poem of place.
Please share details about your physical environment to demonstrate our diversity and how we come together through our poetry!
Here’s my offering, as I write from my desk, facing a dark living room window surrounded by hills I can’t see:
The monitor is the only light
dark room, furniture shadows,
darkness beyond the windows.
I am blind to everything but the words
flowing onto the screen
My small space, sending visions
to the world from a small wooden desk,
on a hillside
by a lake
in British Columbia,
March 3: Philosophy of Place
Does your moral/political/social/educational philosophy come from your sense of place (your birth place? a special place of change? your current place?) How does setting impact your philosophy?
My offering reflects the philosophy behind my desire to become an exchange student and led me to a transformative year in Finland:
Where I grew up
all the faces were variations of my own
Snow White, Cinderella,
assorted Prince Charmings
My experiences with other cultures were
Princess Tiger Lily, Little Black Sambo,
But somehow I knew the world was bigger
and I wanted to wrap my tongue
around other languages
entwine new vowels
between rhythmic syllables and
see inside minds that
Because different is worth noticing
because different means to the same end
speak to a journey with different views
a different beauty
a different way
of being human,
March 8 SHARING SPACE
Please share your poetry or observations about the challenges and/or joys of sharing a space with others. Here is my contribution:
I am offended by this object.
In my messy,
but perfectly coordinated, kitchen
you have filled the clear soap dispenser
with acid yellow dish detergent,
instead of clear or white
as is the aesthetic choice.
It glares at me:
It hurts my eyes;
it seers my sensibility.
But you are proud
of your helpfulness,
and this is your house, too.
Perhaps if I squint,
it will be invisible?
March 11 – Dream place or dreaming place?
Please contribute links (or type it here) to your poem about your dream place- be it literal or figurative. My ex-sister-in-law was struggling to design their new house, but had a dream that revealed the elusive floor plan. My poem revisits a recurring dream of my youth:
I leapt from the ottoman and flew
encircling the living room ceiling
and wished for you.
I flew through secret tunnels connecting
French Provincial furniture and
searched for you.
I dropped onto the ottoman,
climbed down to the floor
I dreamed of you
This project is now complete.
and Shawn Davis Kawalya
for your participation.