“Poetry has allowed me to say things and speak truths that would still be inside me making me all messed up if I hadn’t found a way to get them out,” Gabe Moses says.
A fitting photo for this week.
I’ve been a little slow on the blog the last month or so, but no worries. I was just doing some little things, you know, graduating from my master’s program, writing my thesis (see some of my notes here), getting new poems published in The Mochila Review and filling Station, and sharpening my poetry on the Art Amok! Slam Team. Oh, and getting a job.
But I’m back now, and will keep the blog updated with my favorite poems, literary journals, quotes, and writing prompts.
I saw this sign in front of a coffeeshop in Toronto. Happy Tuesday!
Designer Jennifer Pritchard Couchman created the Word Dress using 2500 pages of fairy tales. The dress was commissioned by the LitFest in Lancaster, England, and worn by writer Claire Massey.
For those of you trying to keep up with NaPoWriMo, here’s a good prompt, and it will last you all week. It’s adapted slightly from poet Ed Bok Lee.
1. Take 7 herbs and/or spices in your kitchen, place them together in a clear class, at least two teaspoons worth in all. Mix thoroughly; add one cup of water.
2. Set the glass outside in your car or yard or by a window that faces the moon’s rays.
3. The next morning, look at the concoction (and taste it, if you want).
4. Write down, in a rough list, the first 7 memories that come to you, within 7 minutes.
5. Over the next 7 days, write 7 poems, each titled after an herb or spice in the glass.
6. For a double challenge, make sure the moon appears in each of these poems.