An Online Pandemic Poetry Project
by Ballarat-based creative Megan J Riedl.
community catharsis through poetry
Mirroring my practice of personal therapy via poetry (such as my Pandemic Poetry series), this project will invite people who have experienced lockdown/s due to COVID 19 to share their experiences – positive, negative and neutral – by way of an anonymous confession.
This is creative writing as community therapy, where participants are offered a reflection and validation of their experiences over the past eighteen months of lockdown/s. The final poetry pieces will explore commonalities in how people coped during lockdown; what is fundamental to survival, and what is considered taboo by humans in lockdown.
poems from your confessions
I will collate the confessions submitted via this website, then analyse and edit them, crafting them into two final poetry pieces.
The first will be an interactive digital poem, which allows readers to follow a choose-your-own adventure style path into a number of possible endings. This is an exciting new modality of my poetic practice.
The second will be a spoken word poem/s. I am interested in how archetypal voices might be found, and brought to life, from the anonymous confessions – who are we in lockdown and what do we sound like?
The final creative pieces will be published online via this website and Instagram in December. Sign up to the mailing list at the bottom of the page to receive updates directly into your inbox.
What do you need to get off your chest about Lock down?
Your confession might be a secret happening during lockdown. It could be an epiphany you had in the shower, or a revelation you had while chatting to a friend. It could be a major life change you made, or a simple observation of the mundane but beautiful. Use one or more of these prompts to help you get started:
What did you do in lockdown that you’ve never done before? Or that you’ll never do again?
What was your most profound realisation about your life?
Where did you find strength?
How did your relationships change in unexpected ways?
What did you notice about your surroundings that brought you joy?
What did you miss the most?
What was something that couldn’t you stand?
how to join the project
Type your confession into the box below and hit ‘confess’. You can make more than one submission. Submissions close on 30th November, 2021.
It does not have to be ‘poetic’ or ‘good’ writing. Anything you share will be exactly right. It can be a few words, a short sentence, or a longer paragraph. Try to keep it under 200 words.
To keep it 100% anonymous, please don’t include identifying details like the names of people, your address or workplace.
And remember, a real person is reading these, so please keep your confession free of bigotry and explicit sex or violence. Use a euphemism if you must!
the fine print
By submitting your confession in the form below, you agree to release all or part of your confession being used in two new literary works by Megan J Riedl.
Megan reserves the right to alter and edit your confession including but not limited to: correcting spelling and grammar, rearranging the order of sentences and omitting parts.
There is no guarantee that any part of your confession will be used in the final creative pieces.
Identifying elements such as people’s names or place names will be removed from the final creative pieces and aliases used where needed.
The final creative pieces are fictitious – although based on and inspired by people’s real confessions – and any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental.
Contact Megan for assistance or any questions about the project.
make your covid confession
support the artist
This project is not funded by any grants or sponsors.
Please consider supporting me financially.