“I Hate It” by Lisa He-Wu

I Hate It

(by Lisa He-Wu)

I hate how I can’t hate you,
I hate the way you look at me
and the way you talk to me.
It makes me feel guilty.

I hate the way you criticize my
career choices. I hate your sarcastic
tone of voice when you compliment
me. It makes me feel useless.

I hate the way you chew your hot dog
when we go on dates. I hate the way
you talk with your mouth full. It
makes me uncomfortable.

I hate how you’re never around,
I hate how you tell me you miss
me. I hate the way you make
me feel. It makes me sick.

I hate your ugly green sweater
and I hate your colorful socks.
I hate the way you put your Nike
hat on sideways. It makes me mad.

I hate how much you have changed
and I hate that you’re not the same.
I hate that I can’t hate you the way
I want to hate you.


Many thanks to Lisa for allowing us to include her work in the PFTW blog.


Ping Pong/Writing and Drawing Prompt

Ping Pong Writing and Drawing

These directions are presented as a lesson plan. You just need index cards, pencils., paper. More art supplies for Part 2 if you have time for that. For a workshop setting, you could ask students to return to the next class with a revision.

We used the book Grapefruit by Yoko Ono for the third drawing part.

For writers working alone, just use a timer, and go down the list.
In place of the part where you are writing while someone reads the Ono instructions, if you don’t have the book, why not find a suitable substitute (evocative sounds, music in language you don’t know—something to create a shift at that stage)?

PART ONE (20+ minutes)
Go back and forth (2-3 minutes time spent on each step)
Draw a self-portrait, perhaps yourself as an animal, or, yourself in a dream


Write about an incident involving an animal. Are your nurturing it? Hunting it? Is the animal part of you, like a sphinx or a centaur or some other creature?


Draw yourself or a person or thing from different directions; or, draw yourself experiencing a strong emotion.

Imagine what is going on outside the borders of your picture. Write about it.


Draw while listening to Yoko Ono promptsfrom Grapefruit: A Book
of Instruction and Drawings.


Switch one of your cards with someone else’s. Write in response to that picture.


Draw yourself inside some kind of structure. The structure could be a building, a natural structure of even the belly of a beast.


Write in response to that picture. If it helps, suggest questions like these:

  • If you turn your head to the left, what do you see? To the right? Above? Below?
  • What is the temperature like?


Use your drawings/writings as the basis for a poem that makes a strong visual impact.

Use your drawings/writings to make a collage or new drawing that incorporates letters and words.

Thanks to Kelly McQuain, Melanie Farley, and Jacklynn Niemiec for helping to devise this activity for a workshop given at Drexel University on May 12, 2016. Several participants read or talked about their new works, right after. One participant noted that while the parts seemed very different, and didn’t necessarily make sense, that she found a way to connect the parts, that her “brain” found a way to make sense of the parts.



On “Perpetual Solitude of the Writer” (from lithub)

The Perpetual Solitude of the Writer