My friend Liz Venn has started a new poetry blog and her post is a zinger of a challenging writing exercise. I’ve reblogged it below. Have a look! Have a go at it.
Here’s a first draft of my attempt:HOMAGE>Boulder-shaped and sizedbut buoyant like rainbowedhot air globed balloonsor beaching giantsfrom depths, perhapsCephalopoda, contortedby massive ocean currents,perhaps a chunk of coral reefwashed in by tidal waters,polyp tentacles stream,waving in perfect tunes,their voice, thin miles of longinglike whale song. Will youcome or will you gofrom this Pacific sand-place— appendages holdtiny ukulele to their breastlike a day-old kitten.You are a kind of mountain.>>i.m. Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole
Up a couple of days early, this is my writing exercise for July.
Sometimes I find myself feeling a strong connection with a complete stranger on the train, just because of their pink hair or their tattoo – a shout-out here to Kim Moore who has a fantastic tattoo on her arm. It’s not normally the girl with the perfect hair and latest fashion, it’s someone whose personality comes across, wearing themselves on the outside. That’s what July’s exercise is all about.
Look around the train, or out of the window, or through old books of photos. Pick a word like “ugly” and do an internet image search. What you’re looking for is something that doesn’t fit society’s idea of being beautiful. It could be a scar or a tattoo, a comb-over, someone’s weight, shape or height, but it should be something something that speaks to you, that you can…
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