April 22, 2018: Poetry Writing Prompt – Carol Barbour

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Carol Barbour:

I recommend going for a walk until exhausted. Stop at a movie theatre and watch a film, preferably a film that is serious and thought provoking. As you make your way home pull out your notebook and write down a few words, a phrase, a scene from the day’s events. Ask yourself why these words and images resonate. Insert yourself into the page. What does it mean to be you? Now imagine that you are walking. Recall the rhythm of your body and begin to write. Go beneath the words and the images. Be loose and float like a cork on the sea. In this state it is best to take public transit. When you arrive home make some tea and eat some food. Then write some more. Continue with this thread of writing until you fall asleep. The next day read it, change it if you must. Delete parts that are redundant. Type it up on your computer. Read it out loud. Work on it. Forget about it for a couple of weeks. Return to it. Give it a title, then another. Flip the beginning to make it the ending.  Switch it back again and take out your favourite line. See if you can live without it. Does the poem want to say something that you are resisting? Add new thoughts, words and images. Read it out loud. Shape it some more, and more again until the words run clear.

If you write a poem from this prompt, post it as a comment underneath the prompt in the Poetry Super Highway Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/poetrysuperhighway

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