Play and collaboration and spontaneity and complexity and creativity and rebellion are at the heart of the Gero-Punk Project. And so is responding to what emerges…such as: The end of Fall Term teaching (and lots of grading!)! A family emergency! The holidays! And my fabulous 50th birthday!
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.
Here’s is our 6th poem out of 8 poems.
What comes to mind when you read it?
There are things I don’t know about which I would
seek to know more by opening my consciousness to
all that provokes, incites, and inspires me.
What provokes you? What incites me? The possibilities are endless!
What is inside the box?
And does it have to remain inside?
I think not—let it emerge like a bud that bursts into bloom.
Such delicate unfurling even on a cold winter’s day.
By: Simeon; Aisling; Jenny; Jackie; Cyndi; Glenna; Libby; Masaki.
Gero-Punk Salon, 12.11.16