Today, ISGR was visited by the spoken word poet Matiss Silins, Sweden’s first spoken word pedagogue. Matiss ran first a workshop with LGRM in Swedish, and then one in English with MYP.
At first, the students had to think about what the concept of language means. They also got an introduction to what spoken word and poetry slam is, and Matiss presented himself. This was followed by free writing / stream of conciousness and then an exercise where the students wrote beginning of letters to abstract or semi-abstract concepts: freedom, love, war, fear, disaster and more.
Then the students would write down something they thought of. If they did not want to write it down, they could get options from Matiss to choose from. This would be a title. Then the students got to write a 42 words long text out from the title. It could be a list, story, fact based essay, poem or anything else. Afterwards, the students were given the opportunity to edit the text, since editing is almost a large part of a writer’s work.
The students got to read aloud different beginnings of their they letters. Then they got to sit in smaller groups and read up shorter expressions provided by Matiss, and at the same time demonstrating a feeling that did not match the expression.
After that, students learned how to handle a microphone, and got practical tips on how to meet an audience from a spoken word scene. After that, students familiarized themselves with using microphone and several students read their 42 words long texts, also with instructions and tips from Matiss.
When Matiss held the same workshop in English, it was the same layup with just a few variations. Here, the students were asked to tell four things about nouns provided by Matiss, such as unicorns, elephant poo, the worst cheesecake in the world etcetera. Then the students needed to come up with four things to say about nonsense words like skoffla, orf, gnorbo etcetera.
In the end it was really fun to hear the students performing and sharing their texts with the audience. Everyone was properly applauded and Matiss would put out some of the poems on his instagram account Ordkanon.se.