- Paperback: 142 pages
- Publisher: Absey & Co; 1st edition (March 2000)
- ISBN-10: 1888842210
- ISBN-13: 978-1888842210
- Package Dimensions: 10.7 x 8 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,054,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Creating Re-creations: Inspiration From the Source, Second Edition Paperback – March, 2000
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A "re-creation" is a writing experience where you hear a poem or piece of prose read aloud twice. You can either have someone else read to you, or you can listen to Rico's lilting voice read aloud on the CD included with the book. The first time you "simply listen, [are] receptive, enjoy the melody of it." The second time you cluster, jotting down words and phrases you may hear, along with whatever else comes to mind. Afterward, you write your own poem, paragraph, or vignette of any type. The results (and examples are plentiful in the book) are a unique combination of response and creation.
As the book demonstrates, Rico has experimented with re-creations in a multitude of arenas with many different types of writers. The focus is for us to be "participants in [our] own configuration of meaning," creating (yet transcending) "what came before." This engaging, improvisational process honors, as Rico says, "the diversity of the human mind."
It is evident when reading this book that re-creation is an evocative, fertile method for exploring the mind's meaning-making powers. Rico's insistence that there is not one right way to re-create gives us permission to experiment with it in order to foster our own expression. As Rico reminds us via a quote by Charles Johnston, "expression is not an appendix to knowing but the process by which something becomes knowing." Such inspiring quotes, a Rico trademark, are sprinkled throughout the book, as are many find poems and pieces of prose.
While a book centering around one writing strategy may seem unusual, the flexibility, power, and generative quality make re-creations more than just a strategy. Re-creations are central to significant questions and writing and learning: What is the importance of creative expression and poetic understanding? What is meaning-making? What is creativity? Who is creative and why? And finally, Who chooses who gets to be not only the meaning-makers, but also the creators?