Mascha Kaleko: ‘Recipe’


Significant topic of the participants: War in Ukraine, worry, fear

Method: The poem as a parenthesis

The study groups: Two reading and writing groups online via Zoom. People are accompanied to set up the technology, there is the possibility of on-site meetings in learning cafes. Two groups in a work offer for people who receive support in life and work. 

Starting point is the defining theme of the people: fear because of the war.

From the poem only the beginning and lines to the end are presented (see the postcard of the artist project).

The beginning of the poem “Chase away the fears And the fear of the fears” opens. 

The sentences almost at the end of the poem “Be wise And hold on to miracles” closes the parenthesis.

In between the group explored the question of what counter-design to fear there could be: Where, with whom do I feel comfortable? Someone brought in a song, later participant wrote a recipe with the title “How do I bake myself a good friend”, because it became important not to be alone with fear. People use the picture plane with collages. word and sentences. The group works on the collage of a ‘Wonder Tree’: a spontaneous and creative collection of hopes and wishes.

Translation of words in the ‘Miracle Tree’: Wonder-People, Wonder-Heart, Wonder-Wedding, Wonder-Me, …