The workshops include a chance to collaborate on a group poem, take
the words of poems and mix them up to create something new and
original, and write their own poems about food.
The activities are
sponsored by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the
Vachel Lindsay Association.
The workshop schedule is:
Jan. 11, 2 p.m. —
Collaborating on a linked poem that builds on some of Vachel
Lindsay’s own poetry. This collaborative style started in Japan
and is called "renga."
Feb. 15, 2 p.m. —
Making "jigsaw" poems. Children will hear many short poems, then
cut those poems up and change the words around to make their own
March 8, 2 p.m. — Lunchbox poetry.
Children of all ages will discover savory poems that could fill
their lunchbox and then write a food poem of their own.
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Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site, operated by the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is open Tuesday through
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for free public tours. The home,
located at 603 S. Fifth St. in Springfield, was built about 1850.
Poet, author and artist Nicholas Vachel Lindsay was born there in
1879 and died there in 1931.
[Text from file received from the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]