As part of Humanities Day at the University of Amsterdam, The Amsterdam Writers Guild (AWG) came up with the idea of a Poem-o-Matic as a way of show-casing the Guild’s activities.
Basically the idea is this: Two poets sit with 2 type-writers… Yes, type-writers! People wander past and give the writer a theme, an idea or an emotion. It is then up to the poet to compose a short-ish poem around those keywords, type it up and .. hey presto! A brand new piece of art, typed up just for you AND you can take it away with you… Magnificent Idea!
Here are some pictures of the morning session in action
As a writer, this was an interesting challenge. You literally have 30 seconds to asses the person, the words they have given you and find a tone and a voice and write something down. I wrote my poems on paper with a pen first and then fiddled a bit before typing them up… sometimes making more changes as I typed….
No time for writers block!