First full workshop day at the Arvon Lumb Bank with South African born poet Carola Luther. We start with some creative writing limber up exercises that involve writing a collaborative poem, which segues into our own solo efforts. Carola then introduced several poems that come under the category of list poems. This is my take on the list poem. You could also take it as advice for future Arvon Lumb Bank participants for packing or preparing to embark on an Arvon course at Lumb Bank.
What Every Arvon Participant Should Pack for Lumb Bank
A plaster. Prescription and over the counter drugs.
Travel is hazardous business.
A torch. A torch?! Well, it’s on the website.
A small, wind-up torch. In it goes.
Pens (6). iPad. Laptop.
Too many wires and leads.
Flashdrive. Camera. Batteries.
Wires and leads tangling asymmetrically.
Layers- singlet, long T’s, light sweater, heavy sweater.
Many pairs of socks.
The indoor shoes. The hat and gloves.
The waterproof coat.
It’s the Pennines. It will rain. Definitely.
No more than three books. They have a library.
Many blank sheets of paper.
An open mind.
A truce with silence.
The guardrail down on real life.
Bee Smith is travelling in March 2014 with the Leonardo da Vinci Life Long Learning Programme “Developing Creative Practice Across Borders” to Yorkshire and Lancashire organised by the Cavan Arts Office.