This is the kind of thing I’ve been doing of late: drawing pictures on sticky Post-It® Notes, and creating little frameworks or visual outlines of the papers I’m expecting kids to write. It’s kind of a visual or sketchy shorthand which helps kids see or imagine the world I’m expecting them to understand. It’s not at all easy to think of a productive visual framework for them to consider, each and every day. I wish I’d photographed today’s in my history class, where I had them create sticky notes for different record-keeping types, and different complex organizations, that affected their lives, and then sort and order them by both size and complexity on a Cartesian graph. There’s some very interesting stuff that I could do with all of this, and am doing with all of it.
I’m aware that in doing it, I’m drifting very far from the poetry that used to be such an important part of my daily practice. I wonder if it matters that much, but I’ve also not had as many poetry ideas of late as I’d like. In the meantime, I seem to be drawing at least some creative energies from this kind of work, so I guess it balances out.