October 9, 2017

Open Sunday: Sonia Sanchez and Afternoon Haikus at the Library


On the first Sunday of the AGB workshop Keep It Short! we thought about short thoughts, half thoughts, top of the head ideas etc. For the second workshop we explored haiku poetry - the art of few words and many suggestions. To do so, we didn't focus so much on the traditional Japanese haikus. We read the morning haikus of the African-American poet Sonia Sanchez, who writes with "razor blades between her teeth." In free association exercises we practised writing in all five senses, looking at the way in which they played out at that very moment while sitting in the library. At the end, we made a collaborative piece by passing by a paper and picking one of our favourite sentences we had written:

1. 

Aber Papier streichelt 
gedämpftes Licht der Bücherrücken, rhythmisch
schwach fühlen bei den Gedanken an dich
hilflos smells white
ach! Nase
grincement, gorge, google, glups
weiße Sonnenflecken

2. 

rascheln Blätter, knistern
calm taste of lukewarm coffee
blickdicht
grounded by smooth flowing concrete
gefangen Wärme in deinen Augen sehen
leicht bitterer Nachgeschmack des Kaffees
nichts mehr.

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