ACT 1. First associations
part 1. The poets pair up. Within each pair, Poet A sits across from Poet B. Poet A says a word, for instance, ‘teapot.’ Whoever most immediately shows up in Poet B’s mind as associated with the word ‘teapot’ becomes Poet B’s subject. B does the same for A.
part 1. A says, ‘teapot,’ to B. ‘Teapot’ reminds B of his sister Jessica. B will write about Jessica. B says, ‘rhino,’ to A. ‘Rhino’ reminds A of her father.
part 2. Imagine the death of the person you thought of. Write their deathbed words in 8 lines.
ACT 2. Make faces
Poet A and Poet B sit directly across from each other.
Part 1. Poet A makes a face that best represents her subject, holding the face for thirty seconds. Poet B translates A’s facial expression into a pome.
Part 2. Poet B makes a face that best represents his subject, holding the face for thirty seconds. Poet A translates B’s facial expression into a pome. Then reverse it
ACT 3. Sum up their life
Each poet writes three lines to sum up his or her subject’s life. The first line is the subject’s full name. Rhyme scheme: ABAB