The Cal Arts course I’m doing has provided two prompts this week; the first: write a still life poem – pick an object and render it in verbal images as vividly as possible; the second: create a title from the formula ‘The [concrete noun] of [abstract noun]’ then write a poem from that title. The first one will require a little more space (temporal, cognitive) than I currently have, so I’ll try and look at it again tomorrow. The first part of the second, though, feels like a fun game and I’ve been thinking up and jotting down all day; so here some are:

The Blenny of Freedom
The Pea of Beatitude
The White Van of Economy
The Biscuit Tin of Fascism
The Anemone of Philosophy
The Turtle of Identity
The Daisy of Success
The Cruet of Freedom
The Hole-Punch of Time
The Swamp of Happiness
The Bunting of Strength
The Spoon of Sovereignty
The Homicide of  Culpability
The Wrench of Civilisation
The Pencil of Responsibility
The Syllable of Generosity
The Berry of Perfidy

I could go on…

Published by Eryl Gasper Dick

I am an artist and writer living in southwest Scotland. I freelance as a Literature Ambassador (for Wigtown Festival Co. who run the Scottish Book Town); as a creative writing teacher; and a content provider, populating people's websites and marketing materials with perfectly honed, clear sentences. When I'm not gadding about supporting writers, lit events, businesses, and students I write fiction, non-fiction, and the odd poem. I avidly believe that creativity is the answer to the problem.

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