I followed the suggestion from the napowrimo site for day 16: http://www.napowrimo.net/2011/04/day-16/ and wrote a poem by deleting words in order from the text and adding as little extra language as possible to create a poem, this poem makes me think of our own fears of writing and the flow when it is going and you are really in the midst of it it can be terrifying. As Erica Jong knows only too well (do read fear of flying if you haven’t) I will also link here to her twenty rules of writing http://www.ericajong.com/tipswriters.htm#Erica’s 20 Rules for Writers. I have been reading another novel of hers lately and the way she discusses her fear of writing as a woman and what this means in terms of breaking out of gender roles and her relationships is to me as important to read and discuss as forty years ago.
Enough of that brief feminist diversion, this one is for you Erica:
pull down the curtains.
When the typewriter sparks
my shirt sleeves drags,
away from the sparks
into the kitchen filling buckets
flying apart on my face and hands
I feel the heat.
The typewriter makes grinding noises
the table pitches
Nothing seems required
Watering the table
I surface, ruined, of course, but not aflame.