Here’s your first NaPoWriMo prompt, from Linda Black. ‘Pick a book at random , open at pages 5, 12, 17, 21, choose 3 words quickly from each page, without deliberating. Use these as a starting point for a poem.’
I’ve used Best of Manchester Poets Volume 3, I’ll list the poets and poems at the end.
I am making paper dolls, thin and frail.
They tear at the elbows, at the knees
as my hands skirt the paper.
I need to make many, enough
to furbish a shrunken house.
All day I work. At night
they dance in my pupil’s
narrow wells, I try to keep
in the submission of sleep,
but awake, breathe in the dark
like it’s gin, sloe berries
madly pop in my blood, then tumble
back, my dreams twisted fables.
I rise, heavy-eyed as Lazarus,
to find myself plastered, from wrist to elbow,
from toe to thigh, in their diminuitive shapes,
all night they’ve been lettering me.
p, 5 Adrain Slatcher, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as Workshop Poem
need, refurbished, letter
p,12 Midnight Shelley, Inside Out
p,17 Camille Ralphs, Lazarus in Flames
lazarus, mad, fabling
p,21 Edmund Prestwich, Chiesa di Santa Anastasia, Verona
twisted, pupils, shrunk
- Starting Monday – NaPoWriMo 2013 (thespiritedquill.wordpress.com)
- Day One: Napowrimo 2013 (www.firstdraftsdaily.wordpress.com)