Thursday, September 17, 2015

Do it like a twosome

Have you ever written a poem with someone else? Sometimes it's where each person writes a stanza on a subject and they combine them in interesting way. It could be a line by line switch off. This is called collaborative or collective poetry.

Something strange happens when to minds start to meld like that. You're the only two people in the world working on this particular poem at this particular time. You start establishing a rhythm. Your goal becomes clearer. Your theme develops.

You start communicating in grunts, gulps of coffee, and hastily scrawled words.

Or times of course writing a poem can be a frustrating time, taking you back to when you had to work with kids in class for a contest.

Sometimes, it works so well that it's amazing. Here's one that I really enjoy:

Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye "An Origin Story"


Tamara Woods was raised (fairly happily) in West Virginia where she began penning poems after a boy broke her heart. She shares poetry, short stories and writer interviews on her blog, PenPaperPad. Her writing has been featured in Mamalode, In the Powder Room, and many others. She is the editor for The Reverie Journal, which will be releasing it's first poetry collection early October. She also hosts #writestuff TweetChat where writers talk about writing every Tuesday at 9 pm EST. She is a hillbilly hermit living in Honolulu with her Mathmagician.


  1. Wow. That really speaks. I think I saw her to a TED talk once?

    1. Yes, she did have a TED Talk! She's one of my favorite spoken word poets.