THE PERCEPTIVE BEING
POETRY AND SENSES
Deepening our relationship to Poetry means coming into contact with all the sensations which poets let flow into their verse. It means to make the participants feel and perceive what exists outside of us.
In order to be in contact with what is outside of us we first of all have to be in contact with ourselves, feel ourselves, to understand, through our senses, who we are. And already at this point there is, compared to the chaos of constant noise in which we live, a long way to go. So let’s purify our senses, let’s discover them again, let’s use them and let’s be nourished by them. This is where the infinite dialogue with everything that surrounds us, with all things and all persons, begins.
It is exactly the sensing, the perception of the outer world as a part of ourselves, that gives us the feeling as if everything had always been a part of us. Everywhere we discover our home, in everybody our family. In the end everything belongs to us without needing to possess it, as the way of enjoying each object and each human being the unique and possible taking of possession is. Looking at everybody and everything as a part of ourselves leads to the opening of our hearts and brings us immeasurable joy.
Still, what does Poetry have to do with that?! Here we don’t understand Poetry as a line, a verse or a sonnet, but as that delicate soul which hides in all things; that soul which makes everything vivid. Let’s open our doors of perception, let’s live our emotions and let’s transform all perceptions into a word, a verse, an image or a feeling. Let’s first be aware of the poem inside of us and then of poetry outside of us in order to enjoy it together with our inner poem. In order to enjoy the beauty of a flower, the freshness of a mountain stream, the passion in music; in order to enjoy other people, to encounter them and to share with them the emotions of life.
Poetry therefore demands a playful lightness and requires also an emotional directness to restore the contact to the process and to remain vivid inside this process.
The series of seminars WordSoundBody (WortKlangKörper) will be dedicated to allowing experiences during the day in the same way as during the night.
Poetry with Ulysses, Poetic Harvest, Poetry and Ritual, Word Ritual Tree.
SOME STEPS USED FOR THE DEVELOPING OF PERCEPTION
The first sound is one’s own name.
After every game or exercise we sit in a circle, we express our reflections and have an exchange. How did the exercises affect each of us, which new experiences did we have? This going around through the experiences, this journey through the sensibility of everyone unites the group. In an intimate way we come to know a little more about each of us, this is a present for the group and an enrichment for each of us. Now the group is born and also the wish to start together for a journey. We collect words, verses and images on the blackboard.
*We throw a tennis ball to each other speaking out loud our names. We try to learn them by heart and doing so we are already working with sound. The names, pronounced by each person individually, penetrate us and touch us in many different ways.
*Do you like your name? Where would you like to write it down? Which Sounds, Noises do you recognize in your name? Do you have nicknames? Why did your parents choose this name for you? What impact do the names of the other participants have on you?
*The teacher explains what a Mantra is. It is the sound of a holy sentence, which when repeated over and over has a soothing effect on the soul. Our names too are considered to be Mantras.
*We go deeper into the topic of effective words. How often do we say something to somebody and nothing happens? Then only once the word is pronounced in a particular manner and the word becomes effective. To make Poetry means to find effective words, not empty words, but “words like stones”, as Ungaretti said.
The same sentence can get a different meaning through the voice.
*The same sentence pronounced in different manners opens us all the different worlds that exist inside of us.
*The participants of the group exchange each other about the different contents, they are able to sense thanks through the intonation, the musical sound of each sentence.
We listen to how objects and spaces resonate.
*We walk through the space and while speaking three verses of a poem aloud, we make the space in the room a sounding one: the corners, the walls, the tables etc.
*One by one the participants speak their verses aloud, while the others continue weaving a tapestry of sound.
Silence, Sounds and Music
*We listen to silence, when you sit silently in your sitting room, what do you hear?
*On a CD we can hear different Sounds, Music, Chanting originating from different cultures and sounds from unexpected situations (the whales singing, the singing of other creatures, of Tibetan Monks, popular songs).
Sound and Poetry
*Some verses from well known authors. As we have now made our listening more sensitive: What hides behind the sound of these verses?
Relaxation, Sound and the birth of a new Poem.
*Last phase of relaxation (Yoga): We will have the opportunity to hear live songs and noises, which in the special state of relaxation can evoke images with strong clarity in the participant.
*The images, words and verses collected during all exercises will be the source of inspiration for the new poem we want to write.
AFTER THE SEMINAR
* After having participated actively in the seminar Poetry and Senses you will be able to perceive in a much clearer way what goes on in you in any situation.
* Always more often you will look for a contact through your senses to objects, to colours, to sounds, to smells and tastes, in order to give new life to your flow of vividness.
* You will discover that our emotional life is steady flow and how much it pervades any situation. To be aware of that can enrich our whole life.
* You will have improved your ability to speak about yourselves; you will be able to put into words what touches and moves you. You will be able to write a poem. Thanks to these abilities you can improve the relationship to yourself and thus also with other human beings in your environment.
1 1/2 Days: 70€/Person
2 1/2 Days: 100€/Person
3 1/2 Days: 150€/Person
Binding Registration: 150€ Advance Payment
Further arrangements for Schools and other Groups are possible.
Lecturer – Giovanna Salabè, Poet and Therapist
– Phone: 0049 173 8299246
– Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org