Nairobi is full of poets that we all respect. They deliver. They write good poems and sometimes they do not know how much talent they have and how to improve it and make themselves better and more productive; so much as to open themselves to publishing opportunities.Yes, performance poetry is good. Open mic sessions ‘may ‘ be neccessary but how about poets who have developed their writing skills to an extent that makes publishers fall all over themselves trying to get the poets in print.
But before the publishers come begging and crawling, the game has to be improved. Poets must live poetry and understand the technical aspects of poetry. The emotion and the muse are cool but pure muscle never helped a rugby player get a spot on the main team, he had to work those muscles.
In that spirit, Lesleigh Inc will be hosting a series of workshops with an end to them. The first workshop is set for 16th June 2012.
TOPIC: Types of Poems and Poetic Meter
DURATION: 4 Hours (2pm to 6pm)
VENUE: Lesleigh Inc Offices
CHARGES: Kshs. 250
The workshop will be divided into two 2 hour sessions.
FIRST SESSION: 2pm to 4pm. Types of Poems
-The types of poems will be tackled in an interactive session. Each type of poem having a printed sample as a learning aid.
-Each participant will be given a twenty minute task to write a (type of) poem.
- All participants will read the poems they wrote during the twenty minutes opening them up to comments and critique from the facilitator.
SECOND SESSION: 4.15pm to 6pm
Poetic meter as a topic will be introduced and explained. There will be a lot of group activity and very loud drums. Yes, drums. Beats and beats and more beats…and more beats.
All the groups will write a poem for the facilitator to bite and chew, scrutinizing it for meter.
The poet who writes the best individual poem from the first session will win a poetry book from the Lesleigh Inc Library and will be published on our online literary magazine, The Bullet Pen.
ALL POETS ARE INVITED. Carry a pen. Lesleigh Inc will provide the paper and a detailed manual.
Directions to the venue: Go to the Railways bus terminus, get a 125/126 matatu to Rongai and tell the maroon conductor to drop you off at Kiss 50. Right there is a building called Victory House with a huge Lesleigh Inc board on it. If you don’t see it, for some reason, call 0725836533
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