These experiments are in writing process. Each follows symbols you encounter through your sensing body. Somatic experiences hold imagery and stories. We all have different modalities that are strongest in our imaginations and psyches. Our individual and collective poetics can show up in the ways we dream. One sense may be stronger for you than another, like smell or taste, and carry your memory and imagination far (as Marcel Proust explored). Some senses are earlier than others like smell and hearing. Shamans journey and experience extraordinary reality in different sensory modalities. Some people hear a voice to write, and others find their process in images, or rhythms. And, working in more than one heightened sensory field can deepen your process. Of course poetry can include all of the senses. The interesting thing is that it hasn’t. In Western culture seeing has been the most valued sense, even in poetry. These experiments will help you begin to notice your tendencies and also encounter what is available in those other less dominant (vibrating) sources of your imagination.
Week 1: Soma, or places in the body
Week 2: Seeing and seeing again
Week 3: Listening here and there
Week 4: Quantum touch
Week 5: Smell and memory
Week 6: Thinking as movement
Poet and psychodrama practitioner Brigid Yuknavitch develops and leads poetry and poetics workshops for Corporeal Writing. She has a 2006 book of poetry Lives of the Puzzleworkers, as well as work in the anthologies Pontoon and Northwest Edge. She has a Ph.d in English and American Literature with a specialization in poetry and poetics, as well as a M.A. in Jungian Clinical psychology; for her, the two go hand in hand because they are both deeply about the creative process and coming into language. She has taught Graduate Seminars on H.D., Dickinson, Sexton, Plath, Brigit Kelly, Olga Broumas, Joy Harjo, Anzaldua, Ai, Levertov, Brooks, Lorde, Hahn and Rich, and is a trainer, educator and practitioner in psychodrama and sociometry. Brigid has a private practice and continues to lead a variety of workshops in both areas. Her goal in her work at Corporeal Writing is to develop workshops that help artists get into a relationship with themselves so they can access their inner poetry and find where their bodies and language come together. Learn more at psycheshorse.com.