I’m trying to get back in the swing of things writing wise. I haven’t written a poem since…well the last one that was posted here (and one that I should be working on for the past month). I had the thought of finding writing prompts online last night, so I tweeted a bit to see if anyone knew of a good place for that. There haven’t been many responses as of yet, but I’m hoping some poems might take notice and give advice
I did a random google search this morning and found this site http://ofkells.blogspot.com/2008/04/30-writing-prompts-for-national-poetry.html I figured, what can it hurt? So I looked at the first few and decided to start with prompt number two “Quickly pick out 12 words from the titles of books on a nearby bookshelf. Use them in a poem.” This is somewhat what I had in mind. A simple, yet fun, exercise to get the creative juices flowing. Not much thought needs to go into things like this and something funny might happen in the end…like I might write a great poem that I want to add to my collection.
Well what I came up with this exercise is not likely to end up in my collection but you can see it here. If you need some encouragement, it’s about zombies.
Little George and His Dogs
Little George is safe.
He is living with his dogs
in a small house.
He has security.
It’s a tight squeeze
but it’s not unbearable.
He can’t pass judgment
on his living quarters.
It’s better than
He would end up dead
in a fight against
Books used (sitting next to me on my desk, almost staring me in the face):
Puerto Vallarta Squeeze (Robert James Waller)
Fight Club (Chuck Palahniuk)
Safe Haven (Nicholas Sparks)
What The Living Do (Marie Howe)
Bad Dogs Have More Fun (John Grogan)
How The Dead Live (Will Self)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Milan Kundera)
You Shall Never Know Security (J.R. Hamantaschen)
A Big Little Life (Dean Koontz)
George & Sam (Charlotte Moore)
The 9th Judgement (James Patterson)
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Seth Grahame-Smith…and Jane Austen if you want to count her)
note: The word “house” could be said to have been taken from “Darkhouse” (by Karina Halle), because it was also sitting in this pile. Even though the title is one word and not “Dark House” you can count if it you’d like. It would mean I pulled 13 words (14 if you count the repeat of “living”) but I don’t think it broke the rules. There were a few other books in the pile that I didn’t end up using…yes my stack is that big.