Emerging Form
Emerging Form
Episode 10: The Power of Play (with guest Sherry Richert Belul)

Episode 10: The Power of Play (with guest Sherry Richert Belul)

What does play have to do with creativity? Could a hula hoop help you finish your book project? In this episode, we argue about what is play, anyway—is it something you set time aside for? Or something that is always available to you? And how might it help your creative life? Then we are joined by author and happiness coach Sherry Richert Belul to get her take on our two questions: 1) How does play inform your creative process? and 2) What’s an example of a project that has been shaped by play? We’d love your feedback on these questions, too!

Episode Notes:

Meet our new production wizard, Rob Dozier

Play: How it shapes the brain, opens the imagination and invigorates the soul by Stuart Brown, M.D.

Playing at Work: Organizational Play as a Facilitator of Creativity, dissertation by Samuel West

Christie’s spam poetry on Last Word on Nothing

Rosemerry’s collaborative book of three-line poems, Even Now

Snark Week: The Wrath of the Sloth on Last Word on Nothing

Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

Sherry Richert Belul and Simply Celebrate

Say It Now: 33 ways to say I love you to the most important people in your life

Secret Agents of Change Facebook Group


Wild Rose Shops for a Bathing Suit

         —Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Not the full-coverage shorts.

Not the black one-piece

with the ruffle around the hips.

She wants to show off some skin.

She doesn’t care who’s looking.

Or who’s not.

She’s got flesh and a lot of it.

A woman needs weight in the world.

Damn, she is getting hot just thinking

about the way the sun likes to touch her.

She finds a strapless bikini

in her favorite color, brilliant magenta.

Barely a bottom. Perfect.

Another suit in hunter orange.

She plans to be swimming with sharks

and wants them to know she is there.

God, she loves shopping for bathing suits.

She could do it all day with that long tri-fold mirror

that knows she gives squat

about who’s the loveliest of all,

but dang, how could she not notice

how great it is to have hips, like hers,

how fine to have some real meat to swing around.

Emerging Form
Emerging Form
Emerging Form is a podcast about the creative process in which a journalist (Christie Aschwanden) and a poet (Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer) discuss creative conundrums over wine. Each episode concludes with a game of two questions in which a guest joins in to help answer questions about the week's topic. Season one guests include poets, novelists, journalists, a song writer, a circus performer, a sketch artist and a winemaker.