March 1st, 2009


ConDor Poetry Workshop

I had a good day at ConDor today. seajules did a great job with the poetry workshop and it was a very productive afternoon, producing some great steampunk (and some non-steampunk) poetry.

We had poetry prompts on index cards in three categories - steampunk items or themes (like crinolines or hot air balloons), steampunk era movements (like emancipation or women's suffrage), and 19th Century people and/or fictional characters (like Poe, Captain Nemo, or Jack the Ripper).

I drew "Sherlock Holmes," "snake oil salesman," "occultism," and "dirigible," all of which I managed to use in a single poem. I also wrote a second poem, a cinquain:

Dirigible Dreams

We ride
above the clouds
and wear steam-powered smiles…
the ring on my finger without

I also drew a card with "Tarzan" but haven't managed to do anything with it yet. Perhaps I can do something on my next trip to the LA County Arboretum where the old Tarzan movies were filmed.

After the workshop, we had a poetry reading. Jules read my poem Darlin' Donna Falls in her best sexy southern voice, a performance I immensely appreciated.

Hot Air Balloons...

There were hot air balloons as I left San Diego after ConDor. I couldn't help but wonder if some of the steampunk fans had chosen alternative transportation home.

hot air balloons
against a March sky...
stuck in traffic
on the road home
I want to fly, too