Often our ideas about our limitations are not based on any evidence but certainly actively limit the possibilities of proving otherwise. Most people think they can’t write any poem nor are they motivated to do so. Yet, with a simple format and a very short time-line (allowing no time to seed those killer doubts, procrastinations and most importantly, endless whining), anyone can write a surprising love poem to share with the object of their affection at one of those special times. After being given the format, conference participants will create their own love poem in 3 minutes. This leaves time for 2-3 volunteers to come up and read. I will invite volunteers who wrote a) something romantic they would be proud to share with their loved one b) a humourous poem and c) a poem that expressed more hate than love (an option I will cover in my introduction).
Dvora Levin is a published poet with 2 books: To Bite the Blue Apple and Sharav, and a chapbook, This Time In The Land. She is a regular reader at Planet Earth Poetry and conducts poetry writing workshops with leaders, people of the street and sex workers. Before becoming a management consultant for the Victoria Police Department, the Downtown Business Association and others, she served as a senior director in government, business and non-profit societies, and a U. Vic visiting professor. For 13 years, Dvora lived in Jerusalem, working in the field of conflict resolution with Palestinians and Israelis. Her volunteer roles include President and Cemetery Director for Congregation Emanu-el, Victoria’s Synagogue. Currently, she service on the Board of Theatre Inconnu.