||A Haiku Journey — Slow Walk Around a Small Island
||Journal 29 December 2020
||environment, imagination, love, poetry, reflections, warm-up, writing
||Prologue: I think we’re all time travellers. In a second we can conjure events from the past and the experiences and feelings of back there and then can flood into our here and now and become real. And the opposite can occur — a present moment can activate my memory glands. I often experience this when writing Haiku. There’s a formula to traditional Haiku — three lines — 5 syllables in the first, 7 in the second and 5 in the third. I like and prescribe to the seventeen syllable limit as I experience a satisfying feeling of push-back, a kind of requisite resistance to other poetic foibles I may have at the time. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Please join me for a slow walk around my island home of Coochiemudlo. Along the way I’ll let you in on how this journey started, my now abiding passion for Haiku, how I benefit from my practice, a little of my process and how I use it in my work with clients.
||Enlivening the Psychodramatist as Writer
||Journal 20 December 2011
||production, spontaneity training, writers, writing
||There is a wide roaming pack of existential fools, mavericks and strangers in strange lands. Some are writers. Some are great. The great writers have achieved a working practice of spontaneity, purpose and craft. They are alchemists working with the exhilarating power of production. They engage readers as active participants in the emerging human experience, not explaining things but crafting them in a way that the reader can experience them. Their works and their lives lived are treasures for the apprentice writer. This paper presents some of these treasures. It is designed for the psychodrama enthusiast who has been keen to bring the life of the stage to the page.