Write Sex: Mysterious Conjunctions

A sudden blow: the great wings beating still above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed by the dark webs, her nape caught in his bill, he holds her helpless breast upon his breast. How can those terrified vague fingers push the feathered glory from her loosening thighs? And how can body, laid in that white rush, but feel the strange heart beating where it lies? From Leda and the Swan, by William Butler Yeats

Write Sexercise: Here are 12 images. Describe in 6 full, grammatical sentences what you see in each image. So you will generate 12 sets of 6 sentences. It’s hard work. Do it. Don’t try to tell a story. Don’t give us the before and after of the moment captured here. Don’t get fancy. Just record what you see. Do not start any sentence with “There is …” or “I see …” For instance: There is a blue curtain. No. Try: The curtain is blue. Or: Is that blue curtain a curtain or a tent? The sentences don’t have to follow on from one another. You are a scientist making observations, not a storyteller. You are talking to yourself, not to a reader. You are curious. You understand some of what you can see, but there’s a great deal you don’t understand. All you can do is describe what you see.

Write Sexercise 2: Watch Kim Brandstrup’s ballet. It’s in 2 parts. “The film offers two different accounts of the meeting between Leda and the swan.” Which account do you prefer and why?  Or do you like them both? For different reasons? Or do you like that they are offered together? How do they influence your experience of each? Of the ballet as a whole? Write not more than 5 sentences or so for discussion.


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