Play and collaboration and spontaneity and complexity and creativity and rebellion are at the heart of the Gero-Punk Project.
At the most recent Gero-Punk Salon we engaged in a communal writing project, a version of what the Surrealist André Breton called the “Exquisite Corpse,” a collaborative creative process that taps into the collective unconscious. In our version of the process, we wrote eight line poems, with each of us writing a line on a sheet of paper and then folding the paper so the next writer could only see the line immediately preceding. The poems emerged through each writer’s response to the line before, without knowing anything about the shape of the overall piece. We were all working within the broad themes articulated in the Gero-Punk Manifesto, but each with our own ideas about what those themes might entail.
Over eight days I will be publishing the eight Gero-Punk Poems that emerged from our creative play together. Think of these as a Gero-Punk holiday treat.
Stop moving. Stand still. Just breathe.
Then dance the unknown dance, freely & with abandon.
That’s a good exercise for me
to simply be my own age and no age and all ages.
Time does not confine me to prescribed roles.
I have confidence in the pull of the universe.
I have confidence in the undertow of silence.
By: Jenny, Jackie, Masaki, Cyndi, Glenna, Libby, Simeon & Aisling
Gero-Punk Salon, 12/11/16