New Years

ACT 1. Ups and Downs

  1. Each pomist starts a separate exquisite corpse. The first line begins, ‘In 2016…’ and then continues as a modified exquisite corpse where the pomist always sees the previous line but no lines before that.
  2. Two Alternating modes as the exquisite corpse goes around. Mode 1: Write something truthful and negative that happened to you in the previous year. Mode 2: Write something truthful and positive that happened to you in the year. Mode 2 should respond thematically to Mode 1.

 

ACT 2. Cause and Effect

An exquisite corpse with two modes. Mode 1: In 2016 [something that really happened]. Mode 2: So in 2017 [anything that could happen in 2017]. When you finish your line and fold it to hide it, provide the next pomist with a beginning. If you wrote in Mode 1, then write, “So in 2017,” for the next pomist. If you wrote in Mode 2, then write, “In 2016,” for the next pomist.

 

ACT 3. Translation into Opposites

A modified exquisite corpse where the pomist always sees the most recent line, but no lines before it.

The first pomist writes a line. They pass it to the left. The next pomist translates each word into its opposite then folds the paper so the first line is hidden. They pass it to the left. This process continues until the writer of the first line is in possession of the paper. (suggestion to go around twice if your group is small).

 

ACT 4. This Year, I resolve

Collectively written haikus. The first line for each haiku is, “This Year, I Resolve.”

The pomists write a second line (seven syllables) and a third line (five syllables).

All the five syllable lines go in one pile. All the seven syllable lines go in the other.

Each haiku is read by reading first, “This year, I resolve,” then second, drawing once from the pile of seven syllable lines, then drawing once from the pile of five syllable lines.

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