Deborah P Kolodji (dkolodji) wrote,
Deborah P Kolodji
dkolodji

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
tarnish.

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.
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