|"Forest spirint" by sparrow-chan on deviantArt|
Russian artist Yartseva Marya
It is time to unlock the door and let the words flow forth. The act of creation is imagined here in this compelling artwork by Russian artist sparrow-chan on deviantArt.com. Of this piece the artist comments, "Mystic creature sits quietly between ancient trees in dense forest. Marvelous harp with strings made of spider web produces calm, wonder sounds from elder times. Who knows if time itself means something for this mysterious harper? But as long as she plays the heartbeat of nature will be strong." So in that vein, what we are called to do this month is keep on writing.
Try not to think about if it is 'good' poetry or 'bad' poetry. The job for this month is to write drafts of poems and edit them later. I know from experience that some of mine won't be salvageable, most will be okay, but not great, and then a few will be rather interesting. Those, with some good editing, will end up making the whole month worthwhile.
So with all the other distractions, don't forget to tap into the inner music. Here are some prompts and exercises to keep things flowing over the course of the week.
Monday, April 1 - Monday is Art Day. Each Monday I'll have a piece of art here on the blog to try to jog your imagination. Take a look at today's art. What is the music being played on this harp? Are there lyrics to the piece? What gives the music its power? How does it make you feel? Answer those questions, and then write a draft of a poem about this magical song.
Tuesday, April 2 - Tuesdays and Saturdays are Pick a Prompt Days. Visit the archive of speculative fiction prompts on this blog entitled "Prompt the Muse." Do the writing, and then choose images, phrases, or sensations from your writing to include in a draft poem.
Wednesday, April 3 - Think of a myth that inspires you. It can be any kind of story, ancient or modern, with a mythic or fairy tale quality. Write a short bit of prose being as descriptive as you can, telling about this myth. Take out seven adjectives from your writing, and draft a poem.
Thursday, April 4 - Thursday is Camera Day. Take some pictures with your camera, and choose one to use as inspiration for a draft poem. Try to find a subject or scene that speaks to you emotionally. Feel free to take photos all week, and then pull out your favorite for Camera Day. (If you don't have a camera, draw a picture of the scene, and then use that for your inspiration.)
Friday, April 5 - Think about a time when you were really frightened. It might have been watching a scary movie or reading a thriller novel. Perhaps it was when you were worried about monsters under the bed, during a storm, or something far more serious. Write down phrases expressing how you felt. Use five of those phrases to draft a poem.
Saturday, April 6 - Tuesdays and Saturdays are Pick a Prompt Days. Visit the archive of speculative fiction prompts on this blog entitled "Prompt the Muse." Do the writing, and then choose images, phrases, or sensations from your writing to include in a draft poem.
Sunday, April 7 - Take a walk and go word/phrase collecting. Write down any interesting words you see in print, or phrases describing what you see. After you have twenty, head home choose five, and create a draft poem from these (if you can't leave the house, then tour your home for a word collection.)
Image Credit: "Forest spirint" by sparrow-chan on deviantArt.com - Russian artist Yartseva Marya