Back on the Bernadette Mayer track today she asked me to: write as you think, as close as you can come to this, that is, put pen to paper and don’t stop. Experiment writing fast and writing slow. So, having … Continue reading Book Stream
Today Bernadette Mayer, speaking through the Salt-Pig, told me to: write a poem that reflects another poem, as in a mirror. Turns out this is not an easy thing to do in an hour, so I flipped through a notebook, … Continue reading Where’s the Smoke?
The exercise for today* turned out to be: Make a pattern of repetitions. And this is what I got: A Pattern It’s not because she doesn’t want to leave the house; not because she doesn’t want to see the beech … Continue reading A Bruised Peach
Today I combine Bernadette’s Mayer’s exhortation to: ‘Rewrite someone else’s writing. Experiment with theft and plagiarism,’ with the OULIPO formula N+7, thus: The Arrival of the Behaviour Bracket – a collaboration with Sylvia Plath I ordered this, this clean workforce … Continue reading Bracket of Manners
Today’s writing exercise is: ‘Write in a strict form, or, transform prose into a poetic form.’ So I thought I’d try making a mesostic poem (like an acrostic only the chosen word is in the middle) using as the source … Continue reading Fig Riding
Today the salt-pig gave me Love Journal…!!! Love, a Journal* Sunday faintly hung over we stayed in bed till late, ate the remains of what I’d made for Saturday’s supper from the food you’d bought Friday, it was still good. … Continue reading Never Having to Say
Today’s exercise, pulled from the salt-pig’s mouth is: Clocks/Timekeeping – something I’m not particularly good at, but here goes: Clocking It is current and will fizzle complacently like Sauerkraut on a windowsill, but return, always return, there is really nothing … Continue reading Keeping Time
The online poetry course I’ve been immersed in for the last 10 weeks ends tomorrow. It has been extraordinarily illuminating and I feel I’m only just beginning to absorb some of the things it teaches. I’ll miss it, not least … Continue reading Daily Exercise