#MPF17 Wrap-Up: “Solarpunk Serenades” workshop

One of the many highlights from last weeks mass poetry festival!! I am so lucky to live in such a culturally affluent area where I am surrounded by artists. Thanks again for a wonderful workshop Meg! ūüôā

Sea Dreams and Time Machines

The second workshop I led for MassPoetry Festival 2017 was ‚ÄúSolarpunk Serenades,‚ÄĚ which was an introduction to the world of eco-conscious, optimistic, near-future science fiction that is now termed solarpunk.¬† Arguably, there are moments in poetry, publishing, and popular culture which have fit this bill in the last hundred years at least, but now it has a name, and an opportunity to make its mark in sci-fi literature, aesthetics, design, and imagination the same way cyberpunk or steampunk have.

The slides below contain links to and names of most of the resources I mentioned in my presentation, for both the context and history of solarpunk, and places to find inspiration to write your own. There are also three themed writing prompts with visual cues.  You can find most of those visuals and links to their originals on my Pinterest board. It was fabulous to see such a packed room…

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Four Days Left to Submit Your Writing to the March Madness Divergent Literature Contest! Submission Deadline: April 15, 2017

Don’t miss out!!

Sudden Denouement Literary Collective

The Sudden Denouement Literary Collective and Secret First Draft are sponsoring a joint Divergent Literature Contest to find new writers for the Collective.

Writing Prompt: March Madness

The prompt can be interpreted any way you like!

Unpublished/Original work ONLY

Each entry should be more than 50 words but less than 500

Each writer may submit 1 to 3 (maximum) pieces of writing for consideration

Last Day for Submissions: 4/15/2017

1st Place Winner will be granted membership in the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective

2nd, 3rd and 4th Place Runners-ups will be granted membership in the Secret First Draft Collective.

Send your submissions with your name, your pen name (if applicable), the address for your blog and a short biography (1 to 3 sentences to): Suddendenouement@gmail.com

The Sudden Denouement Literary Collective and its sister sites Secret First Draft and The Whisper and The Roar are forums for divergent literature that we hope…

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My Singing Guide

My guide helps me breathe
In – 1,2,3,4
Out – 1,2,3,4,5,6

She places diamonds on the spots where it hurts
Corners of my hips where I hang tight to past wounds
The light of the moon is charged inside them
They absorb the pain

My guide teaches me to be kind to myself
She honors the light within me
She taught me that the whole universe was not surrounding me but inside me
When I go to that place inside me and she to the place inside her there is only one of us

Orange and red oils awaken my senses
(Red is my color, I have a fire inside my belly)
My third eye blinks open
It is the one who looks outside that awakens
The moon winks at me
So much power inside you he says
I weep tears of diamond
For happiness to be reminded
And pain for forgetting

My guide sings a song that unites as all in perfect harmony with the world

Honoring Your Nefertiti

She is made of papyrus

She cannot hide away

Her stories are written out

Across her arms, down her back

She is rough she is sturdy

Rainy days will not wet her

The wind cannot whither her

She remains the same forever

 

Her bones are made of onyx

They give her courage

She will always be prepared for battle

Though she may seem dark

She knows how to ease the pain

 

Her blood is the Nile

Giving life to the world

They are the tears of every woman

 

She worships nothing but the sun

She honors the goddess within

She is the lady of all women

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