Chapter 6 Making connections through poetry: A showering of words that matter
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Inspired by Gaston Bachelard's work on the poetic instant and the poetic writing of Laurel Richardson, we explore poetic possibilities that can reverberate in ways that other (academic) genres might not. We revisit a seminar we held with students, about poetry and academic writing. In the face of the pandemic, we had switched to remote learning via Zoom. Usually, when we teach writing, we sit together, flesh to flesh, with paper, pencils and books. Here we were with a group of students that had never physically met. Can words showered over us in a chat-line reverberate? Can we make a poetical invitation that makes us want to write in new ways, sharing our thoughts and feelings with others, creating connections?

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