I recently returned from a residency
in the lettered city of Pittsburgh
where I spent a couple of weeks buzzing around with some truly inspiring
wordsmiths. Many were fiction writers, as I am, but the program (an MFA with CarlowUniversity)
is dedicated to the idea that the best literary inflorescence comes from cross
pollination between genres. I’ve come to believe this.
So, I was glad to see that some of
my fellow bloggers here looked to poetry for interesting writing activities in
January. (See Jacqueline Jules’ post on 1/13 and Mary Quattlebaum’s on 1/27). I’m
going to plant another idea that I think young word crafters might enjoy as
much as I did when award-winning fiction writer Jane McCafferty shared this
poem-as-prompt in a workshop. She recommends a short time limit to capture what
first darts into mind.
PROMPT: Read the following poem and
then write an emulation, using your own dreams and/or wishes as subject matter.
You can follow the structure very closely or create your own poetic or prose
In Praise of Dreams, by Wislawa