Thursday, April 23, 2009

NaPoWriMo #22

The prompt was to take five books of poetry, open them at random and note down from each the first word or phrase that struck the eye - easier said than done. I'm sure that the first word choice was influenced by what might have been on my mind at the time, and that the first word had a hand in selecting the others, so this is hardly a random selection. In fact, clearly what resulted was very much influenced by things I had already decided I wanted to include in future poems.

The words and phrases used were "moire shimmer" (it should have an accent but I'm not sure how to do it) from Vincent O'Sullivan's Blame Vermeer, "sing" from the wonderful Sarah Lindsay's new book Twigs and Knucklebones, "moth" from And Her Soul Out of Nothing by Olena Kalytiak Davis, "lichen" and "mute" from Kathleen Jamie's Waterlight and "fish" and "untranslated" from The Temperature of This Water by Ishle Yi Park.

These are all wonderful poetry books and I highly recommend them.

The poem itself was much more influenced by Sarah Lindsay than the single word "sing" might indicate.

It's not quite there yet, but I'd like to imagine this one might be a keeper.

(Poem now removed for revision and possible submission)

1 comment:

Crafty Green Poet said...

yes this is very good, I like the resolution in the ending.