Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tuesday Poem: Notes for reading a poem

Preparation time:
The space between breaths.

Scissors, scalpel or chainsaw.
A pen (does not need to be expensive).
More paper.

Degree of difficulty:
A pebble’s throw.

1. Take a deep breath. Rise to the balls of your feet. Staying there, find the horizon.
2. Close your eyes and point to the open page of poetry.
3. Open your eyes and read on your exhaled breath.
4. Draw a line between the words you have read.
5. Repeat these steps, in any order.
6. If you like the poem, cut it up and rearrange. See if you like it any better.
7. If you don’t like the poem, write your own.

I wrote this poem a couple of years ago for a visual art exhibition, Little Rain. An experiment in the abstract and quirky.

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