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“Of all human activities, creativity comes closest to providing the fulfillment we all hope to get in our lives. Call it full-blast living.” – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention
For the past two years, Kloefkorn Elementary, Lincoln, Nebraska, has celebrated Kloefkornucopia, an event honoring the late and beloved Nebraska State Poet, Bill Kloefkorn. Led by Principal Sue Braun and a very capable staff, the school is an exciting, dynamic learning community with an emphasis on writing, writing well. I was asked, with the help of Charlene Neely, a Nebraska poet, to work with third and fourth graders on a writing lesson. Teaching similes was chosen as the craft lesson because of their inherent quality to deepen creativity and to have fun with writing. “I am brave as someone changing a diaper.” – Kailey
Recently I had the opportunity to meet two poets riding a bicycle across the country on their “Type Rider Tour,” promoting poetry, community, and a love of reading. They are Maya Stein and Amy Tingle, journeying from Boulder, Colorado to Beloit, Wisconsin, towing typewriters behind their tandem bicycle and stopping whenever they get a chance to talk about reading and writing, and…to write a poem on demand.
Chapters Books and Gifts in Seward, Nebraska, sponsored a “Poets on a Bike” event to feature Maya and Amy, and along with my friend, Marge, I got to see them in action. They sat before a group of about fifteen people, briefly explained their writing process, and then asked for a word from the audience as a subject to write about. Marge came up with the word “Buzz Saw.” They thought a moment, inserted 3 by 5 inch index cards into their typewriters, and then all was silent save for the tap-tapping of typewriter keys.
In about five minutes, the typing stopped and they read their poems. And what amazing poems they were! Maya wrote about a tree being hewn down, asking “how deep its roots,” must have been, and “what ancient groan rose from its belly in protest.” Amy’s poem took a different view of the buzz saw, suggesting that in melodramas, it was used to “cut a woman in half.” But such a tool wasn’t necessary, she wrote, “to cut someone…….Sometimes you only need the word good-bye…I don’t love you anymore.”
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