The Unit in Salisbury is a charity that supports the life’s and also creative expression of youths aged between 13-19.
In 2015 I took it upon myself to get involved with this charity by offering my time to run weekly Poetry based workshops. The workshops have been a success and looking ahead to next term I have many exciting and new projects lined up.
Part of the joy of working at The Unit this first year has been collaborating with my fellow poet and workshop facilitator Carmen. Carmen has moved to Cornwall now but I’m sure she will keep in touch and remain a supporter of this fantastic charity.
Hopefully more volunteers will arrive to share their skills and time with The Unit. I look forward to the artists I will meet and collaborate with here in the future.
If you would like to get involved or support The Unit in anyway, or just find out more about it, please feel free to click the link below
7th March 2015
We’ve done a lot of things at the poetry workshop this year at The Unit. From exploring the senses, to our dreams, mythology and science, and mysterious objects.
It’s fantastic to observe and see how each participant is changing from workshop to workshop and how their poetry and artistic expression is changing too.
To begin with things were quite simple and structured, this was to help make the creative process comfortable and for the group to get used to sharing.
Very early on I came up with a make a poem template tool. Which you can see from the picture below are a series of statements \ beginning sentences.
These were followed with a set of questions, such as name a flower, name a tree, what is your favorite time of year, pick one knives or forks.
During the exercise we all wrote down our answers to these questions, on separate pieces of paper, we then shuffled them, and marked each one with a number on the back.
Then we matched the number, with it’s corresponding sentence to fill in the blank.
This meant we each ended up with an individual poem each, such as
My heart is claustrophobic
As strong as sushi
My mind is Athena
As clever as night
I know all there is to know about Hedgehogs
My eyes are Autumn
As warm as Orchids
My soul is knives
As rich as starlings
I know all there is to know about muggle quidditch
I am turquoise
Unending like ash.
After this we explored adding to the sentences, and then discussed, whether we preferred the short one word answers to the sentences or the longer ones, and what it was about them we liked.
Our next exercise was to pick pieces of paper I had prepared from two different envelopes.
We matched the words from the two different envelopes together randomly to get things like, “The beach of burnt toast.”
Then the group was invited to create a poem using the metaphors they had picked from the envelopes.
This was our final exercise of the week and we ended by thinking about next week and everyone decided they would bring in a favorite poem to share.
Courtney reading her poem.
We look forward to what next year will bring for poetry at The Unit