No Ideas But in Things
November 6 – December 14, 2006
The Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation with support from Cambiar Investors, LLC.
Creative Resident Michael J. Henry embarked on a series of writing workshops with youth from Colfax Community Network, PS 1, and North High, to investigate the small beauties and enigmas of everyday found objects—items one might consider junk—to see what stories and poems they might trigger. Says Henry: The poet William Carlos Williams once wrote “No ideas but in things,” and for the longest time I’ve been trying to fully understand what that means, since many of my teachers considered that a cornerstone of a writer’s education.” To wit, Michael and the young writers have written about a host of objects—which include things like a pocket watch, dog leash, a miniature replica of Rodin’s”The Thinker,” and a five-pound dumbbell.
Colfax Community Network
Mandie Birchem, Children’s Program Director
Students: Hannah, Olivia, Brandon, Jaime, Jerry, Donny, Angel, Olivia, Theresa, Isaac, Alex, Danielle, Austyn, Jonathon, CJ, Eddie, Marquez, Kayshayla
Volunteers: Katie Meske, Rachel Rand, Miguel Garcia, Debby Cella, Tyrell Banks
PlatteForum Volunteers: Emily Potts, Ginny Hoyle, Mindy Bray, Hobby Chapin, Mark Kling, Tracy Chapin
Teachers: Susan Vaho, Abby Beltz
Students: Maria Herrera, Rayven Angel, Clarissa Lovato, Frank Velasco, Amber Beruman, Bryan Temchulla, Mia Baily, Shyann Guillar, Justin Blair, John Trujillo
North High School
Teacher: Jose Mercado
Students: Karlene Sanchez, Carlos Calderon, Delores Jones, Sherry Boles, Rachael Medina, Christian LuBel, Samantha Rodriguez, Ivonne Paredes, Juan Carlos Olivas, Kandace Sanchez, Erasmo Castellano, Steven Stumpf
BY JJ, Colfax Community Network
My dog is bossy
He likes to bite people
My baby likes the dog
My dog eats the King Cobra 4-headed snake
He’s bigger than a snake
He likes to bite on shoelaces
He’s black and white with black polka-dot paws
Both of his eyes are blue, but when it’s dark they turn red
Its is the scariest pit-bull
He is the meanest pit-bull
5 POUND WEIGHT
By AJ, Colfax Community Network
You are heavy like a fist,
still as a silent statue
In the morning, when my muscles are sleepy like a bag of sand,
I lift you, and then when I’m done, I drop you
And you are loud.
You are fat and skinny
Like a dog bone,
And my sister tries
To grab you, and I growl
At you with sharp teeth,
And sometimes I chew on you.
By Brandon, Colfax Community Network
I once had a dream of ice cream.
When I saw a thing and his footsteps made a ping.
Then he was hairy, not cherry.
He looked like wolf man and was big as an 18 foot cane.
He looked like he was cold but his fur was gold.
It started to shine and I started to rhyme.
He was a decision maker and an earth shaker.
He was a real thinker and a fast blinker.
By Isaac and EJ, Colfax Community Network
The nails and magnet feel so smooth,
They are hard
The nails are twisty with one line down.
The magnet is like when your tongue gets stuck to an icy pole.
When the nail and magnet are so close together they go “SNAP”.
Nails and magnets do go together, because they get stuck.
By CJ, Colfax Community Network
The sunglasses are black and shiny.
It has nice glass
to help so that the sun will
not get in your eyes.
When you put on your
sunglasses the sun hurts
the glasses and not your eyes.
“See I can stay in this light for hours.”
Sunglasses can make a good disguise –
Even makes you look like a spy.
By Olivia, Colfax Community Network
You look like Betty Boop
You look like you are dancing to jazz all day long in the light
Your shoes are so red I can see them at night
So I follow them
There you are you and you have red high heels I hear clapping.
You come home and I see you coming down the street.
This is the beautiful legs!
By Danielle, Colfax Community Network
I like to call you rainbow fish.
You have got beautiful eyes.
I call you rainbow fish because you have different colors in your tail.
You have a wiggly tail.
You shake it, shake it, shake it.
You look like a pen.
You have got beautiful colors.
You have got a happy face.
And I like that happy face.
RAINBOW FISH #2
You can move your tail.
You have black brown spots.
You wiggle your tail.
I see you swimming in the night.
I asked him if he had any friends.
And he said he did not have friends and he is lonely.
MY BIRTHDAY IS MAY 2ND
By 3, Colfax Community Network
My birthday is May 2nd
You better give me a present,
And a cake, don’t be late,
Face it, just don’t be late.
My birthday is today.
The fun and games will start.
Come join me on May 2nd.
Or face it, I’ll fart.
My birthday is over,
I hope you had some fun.
I mean a lot,
Come next year, or face it
I will bite off your ear and fart.
By Hannah, Colfax Community Network
Games and fun
Today’s my birthday
Even through I got so
Selfish when I come
I might hunt you
Eat you for breakfast
Happy happy birthday
Which was today, even though
It past last year
I still want some yummy cake.
IN THE BASEMENT
By Theresa, Colfax Community Network
In the basement cheetah girls lick
Spiders crawls in
Humming a scary tune.
Loud and mean
Loud and mean
It makes me scream.
Ice cream falls
And spider flees.