Stirred: Wormhole was a poetry workshop using ekphrastic responses to Eugenia Loli‘s surreal collages of galaxies. Including stars in meatloaf. Her art subverts the nuclear family heterosexual paradigm by turning the men into disco balls and stardust and such and making everything strange.
- Write a 14 liner/modern sonnet with a volta in response to Eugenia Loli’s collage Wormhole, focusing on creating a bridge between your body and the universe.
- Create a spiral poem starting with the line from Moniza Ali’s poem In Space, They mock us gently, our brief space flights You can split creating this with someone or just see where it takes you. See our group poem from the workshop below:
- Free write from the line: ‘I am an instrument in the shape / of a woman trying to translate pulsations’ from Adrienne Rich’s amazing poem Planetarium, see full poem here.
- Choose an Eugenia Loli image that features galaxies and write a response piece, see a selection of her images below to choose from:
Thanks all who came to the workshop! We will be uploading poems from the prompts over the next few weeks in the lead up to Stirred Poetry Performance night at The Three Minute Theatre on 24th November, see facebook event here. To end this post, here is Anna Percy’s poetic response to Wormhole:
There are universes under the skirt
Undefined and beautiful
Knowing their power they have been framed lavishly
To draw your attention
The spiral arm of this galaxy
Is enticing you
The beringed hand holds back
A sky of skirt
Inviting you in