A Book of Silence by Sara Maitland. We also read the poem Honda Pavarotti by Tony Hoagland which uses sound to describe what is going on in a most wonderful overblown way.
Our homework is to spend ten minutes on our own in silence and to listen attentively, then to write about it. I did my piece this morning and realised that there is no silence! Of course where you live may be quieter than where I live (near a main road) but even houses have noises. There is a difference between stillness and silence because stillness is something that can be reached within us. It makes a good subject for poetry, why not try it yourself.
We also briefly looked at rhyme, full rhyme and half or slant rhyme. So 'able' is a full rhyme to 'table' and 'tribal' is a half/slant rhyme. We have only just touched on rhyme and I am sure we will come back to it soon.
I've had a creative spell over the weekend, and also this morning after I wrote my piece on silence I wrote a poem about the approach of December. I may take this to workshop on Thursday.