prompt 169 dangerous poems
- John Steinbeck begins his book, “The Log from the Sea of Cortez“, with these lines.
How does one organize an expedition: what equipment is taken, what sources read; what are the little dangers and the large ones? No one has ever written this.
And a little further, adds another comment.
We had read what books were available about the Gulf. A few naturalists with specialties had gone into the Gulf and, in the way of specialists, had seen nothing they hadn’t wanted to.
As the best of writers do, Steinbeck’s sentences are ripe with possibility (especially as we highlighted above). So our prompt this week is respond to that seed as phrased and marked.
(option) While your “expedition” may not be physically so grand, every day presents some measure of stepping into the unknown. And maybe you can look at this more in an emotion mode than physical.
(option) Taken another way, writing itself is one manner of “expedition”. Just how dangerous are your poems? Could they even be more dangerous, unexpected, uncomfortable perhaps, yet giving what pulls us back and into the poem’s story? And taken that way, no one has ever written this, can (and should?) be true! You, and the reader, are in uncharted territory.
What’s the point of repeating yourself? Say what you haven’t said before. The vocabulary of a real life is genuinely broad and wild. Allow that to more and more touch your words, breathe through your poems.
May your poems become more wild.
(I think that’s a good wish for all of us!)