March 19, 2018

Book Now for Musical Madness! The International Players' Show This Week!

One of our sister associations is putting on an annual spring show this week!
Some WICE members are performing, some attending...good quality entertainment and a lot of fun!
Be there!

March 18, 2018

A Poetry Workshop SPRINGS FORTH Next Month!

To borrow from the Good Book, “In the beginning was the Word.”  
Words give sense to things, though we may still be “the voice of one crying in the wilderness.”

In the spirit of meaningful words, next month WICE is offering a poetry “Craft and Inspiration” workshop (six Thursday afternoons) led by David Barnes.  
David Barnes of WICE, who loves spoken word poetry

Originally from Oxfordshire, he's been involved in the Paris writing scene for 15 years.  He says, “The workshop will focus on how to generate material, and craft it into strong poems, drawing inspiration from the groups’ own favorite works of poetry.” 

Letting the words speak for themselves - 
here's a sample from David’s poem, tidal:
"...his thick forearms make their strokes..."

Though he has not moved from his chair and a moment only has passed,
this swimmer, once the third in France
seeks his refuge from the memory of his father that moves across his face,
turns aside his large, grey head
as he says to himself the words his father said,
‘Pour qui tu te prends?’
He rubs his unused hands on his thighs
up and down, as if to smear on grease.

but then his thick forearms make their strokes
and he returns from submergence far out,
rolls back in,
his voice loud with deep, French vowels
‘Pour moi,’ he says. ‘Pour moi. Je me prends pour moi.’

David began writing with workshops at Shakespeare and Company, and later taught short story and poetry writing at WICE.  He also started Spoken Word Paris, described on its website as a “pole of a nomadic tribe of people who love poetry, writing and song. A home for creatives and lost anglophones. We do an open mic night called SpokenWord every Monday at Au Chat Noir…”