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On the blog: Choral poem taking shape

April 2, 2014
by Sara Olivier, Arts Rapid City

Christine Stewart shared a first draft of Part One of Passage of Wind and Water: A Choral Poem.

Christine writes that this draft is, "Inspired by the work of Mrs. Garrett's sixth-graders (Southwest Middle School) as well as several of the adult participants who have sent me lines, poems, and bits of prose. I have drafted the "wind" section of the choral poem. Several parts seem to be shaping up: stars, water, wind, stone, prairie. I'm eager to collect more submissions, so please send yours as soon as possible."

A choral poem is a poem designed to be read aloud by two or more people in a group setting. This first draft is crafted for three readers. To read the poem, follow each column simultaneously.  When words appear in only one column, it is only read by that single voice.  When words appear in more than one column, it is read in unison by those voices. Read the poem draft.

It isn't too late to submit your work and be a part of this community collaboration through written word!  Send your prose and poetry inspired by the Badlands and/or The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind and Water to by May 31. If you are a teacher, we have a classroom lesson that guides your students to create original poetry to submit to be part of the project.

Looking for more inspiration?

Christine will be holding a writing workshop at Main Street Square on May 17, 2-4 pm.  Come and learn through guided writing activities while you are surrounded by the public art that is inspiring it all!  You can also submit work at this time. Then, visit the Rapid City Public Library Downtown on May 18 at 1 pm for a poetry reading by accomplished writer and professor Christine Stewart.

The choral poem will be read by community members at Echoing Passages on June 20 at 7 pm. The free cross-artistic performance will also feature modern dance, music, and film.  For more information visit The Sculpture Project Facebook events page and sign up for updates.

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