I am not who I used to be. I am forging a new life.
I am part of a group of trusted writers and newcomers who meet every other Saturday at various locations to write together. This past Saturday, I led the exercises. We take turns leading, so the responsibility of running the group is shared. I am posting here my writing exercises. I only ask that if you use them in a class, that you credit me. Please feel free to use them to spark your own writing. It would be interesting to see examples of your work generated by these prompts in the comments below.
Weave your impressions and ideas into a poem or short piece of fiction.
After reading the poem, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” pick an object and write several stanzas numbered 1-13. Strive not to be literal but to see beyond the thing. Write the most imaginative narrative about the object you chose that you can conjure.
Circle 3 or more words that resonate with you from each group. Write sentences with each of those words. Push for clarity and interrogate the sentences to determine a narrative thread. Spend time shaping this into a poem of short piece of fiction.
We will repeat the process with another round using different words, or your own list.
©2015 Clare L. Martin
My poem “Seek the Holy Dark” has been nominated for Best of the Net 2015 (Sundress Publications) for its appearance in the Blue Collection Five: Collaboration issue (December 2014).
A heartfelt thank you to Michelle Elvy, Sam Rasnake and Bill Yarrow for this recognition for a poem of which I am very proud. You can read the poem at the link below. “Seek the Holy Dark” is also the title of a manuscript that I hope will be a new collection of poems.