What The —

     What is forgetting ?

A chapbook of dull poetry gathering dust, unread . . .


  Today’s prompt asks you to begin by picking 5-10 words from the following list.
Next, write out a question for each word that you’ve selected (e.g., what is seaweed?)

owl / generator / fog / river / clove / miracle / cyclops / oyster / mercurial / seaweed / gutter / artillery / salt / elusive / thunder / ghost / acorn / cheese / longing / cowbird / truffle / quahog / song

Now for each question, write a one-line answer.
Try to make the answer an image, and don’t worry about strict logic.
These are surrealist answers, after all!

After you’ve written out your series of questions and answers, place all the answers, without the questions, on a new page. See if you can make a poem of just the answers. You may find that what you have is very beautifully mysterious, and somehow has its own logic.

In my opinion the above prompt is unworthy of a response, and shows what is wrong with modern approaches to the very concept of poetry. But you do you . . .


The problem you have is you’ve nothing to say
These MFA promptings are good for a yawn
So scribble some shit and then call it a day
Since most of your readers have long since moved on.



4 comments on “What The —

  1. Anonymous says:

    I don’t know, I’m quite fond of word banks and milked this particular one shamelessly. I guess part of the problem is that I indeed struggle to find something of substance to say, so your poetic bit is technically not WRONG. I know it is always me who vanishes into a thin mist come May, but it is nonetheless a pleasure to read you, always. :)


  2. jilldomschot says:

    Ha ha ha, you can’t think poetry, really, said Piglet or Pooh or some Disney iteration of something or other who really liked the mysteriously beautiful seagrass woven by she-demons of the sea that lured the stuffed little boys to the salty seadog’s acorn flats. Where’re my acorns? Pop, pop, pop. Those aren’t acorns! Too late! Dead, dead, dead.

    Yeah, it definitely has its own logic.


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