We asked Stephen Daniels for a workshop activity. Get your pens ready!
‘Wordslast’ is a poem from Stephen’s debut collection.
It started life as a workshop poem, written in one of Hilda Sheehan’s workshops. Stephen shared the poem during his interview earlier and now shares the exercise.
We read a poem called ‘deer suddenly’ by Carola Luther (the start of the poem can be found here here) – in the poem the poet pushes together words to add pace, to surprise and for originality.
I was then asked to try the same – push words together, maybe even pull them apart and see what happens to your writing.
My poem ‘Wordslast’ does something similar but I used the reversal of these pushed together words to drive the narrative. I think this technique is a good way of surprising yourself with writing, and the experimentation can help us find a way into subjects that can be tough for us to access otherwise.