Memory as Poetry
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This course comes at a time when our lives are becoming increasingly challenging as we traverse a reality that is at present unclear. It presents students with an opportunity to learn how to navigate their own thoughts, write about them and collectively come together and express themselves. Memories can be a way of navigating one’s own individuality and identity.

These memories when written about, become universal in meaning. When I write about my memory of my childhood and my mother’s hands, it becomes a poem about home and subsequently a poem about how people who live alone associate with home. Our memories start out being about ourselves but when expressed as poetry they become about our larger identities and challenges.

When we further situate poetry in the spaces that hold the memory, we begin to describe social and spatial processes in our home, our cities, and our neighbourhoods. Thus, it becomes a creative tool to talk about our environment.

Spoken word is performance poetry. In this course, one can expect to watch a lot of spoken word poetry and write on prompts that are designed specifically to enable students to write poetry themselves, each day. The only thing that is required to join this course is a command over the English language as this course does not teach English. Students are also allowed to write in their native language but must still be well versed in English as that is the language of instruction of this course. You are not required to have written a poem before. Before you join this course, I encourage you to watch on Youtube any one of these to familiarise yourself with spoken word poetry- The Heart and the Fist by Rudy Francisco, When Love Arrives by Sarah and Phil Kaye or Beginning, Middle and End by Phil Kaye.

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