I need to beast through this day and tomorrow. It has been a whirlwind of apartment-confirming and application-submitting, on top of the usual work hubbub. I have just had a brief spell of time in which I was able to drum up this prompt, and I hope I have a smidge of time to polish something (anything!) for workshop. But between work and workshop, I have to scoot out to Brooklyn and back for an hour… hectic is the life material. Still, we are on the final cycle of Renovations, so knock yourselves out with this one:
1. “That led to the house of art.” (Ana Božičević, “Joyride”)
2. “He came home as quiet as the evening.” (James Wright, “Youth”)
3. “This whole trip has been a heaviness.” (me, “Before Departing”)
4. a menu from your favorite lunch spot
5. Capture a single moment; try to avoid anything more.
BONUS. Include at least five lines which contain only monosyllabic words.
ALTERNATE (3). Use a line from one of your own poems that states a truth or opinion you wish to disprove.
Even though Curio is long since defunct, I still enjoy the aesthetic of capturing moments, a little bit more broadly than a haiku does or haiku-inspired poetry. The fact that James Wright was one of the random poems this morning was not lost on me.
(morning in el raval)
Drinking coffee alone,
I can hear green-throated parakeets
It is January,
but warm wind blows in from the sea
like a practical joke.
light crests the Gothic roofs
and spills over the cup’s rim,
turns to jewels
the saucer, the handle, the froth.
and the wind raves.
I start to say
something, but there is no one here
to whom I can say it.