Susan Smith Nash interviews Lynn Levin and me about our teaching and the new edition of Poems for the Writing. Thank you Relate, and Life Edge.
Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets (Second Edition) is now available.
This new edition contains six new chapters and scores of new example poems.
A variety of exercises plus writings by: Alicia Askenase, Brenda Bailey, Christopher Bursk, Karen Chase, Grant Clauser, Samuel Cook, Blythe Davenport, Janice Dawson, Jim Ellis, Daniela Elza, Emily Dickinson, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Joanna Fuhrman, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Leonard Gontarek, Luray Gross, Lauren Hall, Christine Hamm, Laurel Hostak, Kevin Hughes, Marke Kane, Briyanna Hymms, Miriam N. Kotzin, Aimee LaBrie, Joanne Leva, Harriet Levin, Lynn Levin, Diane Lockward, Alina Macneal, Dawn Manning, Erin McCourt, Bernadette McBride, Kelly McQuain, Jerry Mirskin, Mirna Norales, Amir Or, Meg Pokrass, Lisa Prince, Don Riggs, Melika Riley, Josh Romley, Karen Schauber, Susan Smith Nash, Anna Strong, Benjamin Teperov, Rina Terry, Heather H. Thomas, John Timpane, John Vick, Marshall Warfield, Katrina Wehr, Amberlyn Wilk, Devin Williams, Jacquiley Wong, Peter Wood.
Lovely work by JC Todd–
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Texture Press has a wiki:
In addition to having information about Texture books, it contains further writings (writing advice, essays, and more) by Texture authors.
For instance…from this page go to writings on jazz (or jazz related) by Rina Terry.
Susan Smith Nash (founding editor of Texture) has made available here many of her teaching videos (such as this video on Emerson on Notable Writers page).
Here’s tP author Don Rigg’s in depth piece on the history of cyberpunk (on Genres and Styles page):
A new improved version of our main website will be available soon. But in the mean time, check out our wiki! Let me know if you want to contribute some writing here (write to email@example.com).
Many thanks to Melissa Rodier for helping us create this wiki.
Create a poem based on song titles.
Make a list of song titles from an album. You could select the collection at random, perhaps one you have on hand, or alternatively you could select a collection that has specific meaning for you, already.
For example, here are the titles from “Johnny’s Greatest Hits” (Johnny Mathis, Columbia).
All the time
The twelfth of never
When sunny gets blue
When I am with you
It’s not for me to say
Come to me
Wild is the wind
Warm and tender
I look at you
Use the titles as the spine or structure for a writing. I love vinyl and tried it with quite a few collections. I was doubtless influenced by the object itself, the photographs, memories associated with the music or the physical object, etc. As the goal for the first draft, at least…
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Teachers and writers,
Feel free to use this chapter from PFTW in your classes.
Special thanks to Marshall Warfield for letting us include “Motel Swimming Pool, Late Afternoon” here.
Lynn and Valerie
by Helen Chambers
Grey day; warm for the season. ‘If anyone knows any reason…’ intones the priest, hearing the palpable intake of breath. A breeze flutters the feathers, salmon-pink, of the bride’s mother’s hat. Her sneezes ricochet off the ancient church stones. A cough, an embarrassed giggle, a ripple stirs through the congregation. The bride’s father compresses his elastic face into a deeper frown. Fecund and sullen, the swelling bride clasps her groom’s sweaty hand, his ratty moustache too small for his upper lip. The bride’s mother cries harder into her hankie. Silence stretches to snapping point. The priest smiles.
Helen Chambers is a flash and short fiction writer who likes taking long walks seeking inspiration by the river where she lives in Essex, UK. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Essex, and is the 2018 Fish Short Story winner. She blogs at HelenChambersWriter.wordpress.com
(image from Cabinet of Heed) New flash from Mary Thompson– via Just One Of Those Things – Mary Thompson
Stay tuned for details on the second edition of Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets.