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 7th poem of 8 poems. Amazing how each poem seems to be just right for the moment, don’t you think?
I am fueled by well-intentioned rebellion
rising up to embrace the beautiful possibility
one foot on the earth, another in the stars
Slip-sliding through the universe…risking, learning, connecting
falling down on the ground, but we are still alive
still ourselves and yet not exactly
We constantly shift, adapt and evolve
then return to the start to begin again.
Written by: Masaki; Cyndi; Glenna; Libby; Simeon; Aisling; Jenny & Jackie
Gero-Punk Salon, 12/11/16