I followed the suggestion from the napowrimo site for 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’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.

fire roaring

The typewriter makes grinding noises

the table pitches

Nothing seems required

Watering the table

I surface, ruined, of course, but not aflame.


The Stirred quad is formed of Rebecca Audra Smith, Anna Percy, Jasmine Chatfield and Lenni Sanders.

Posted in NAPOWRIMO Anna, Poetry Scrawls, Ramblings

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