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Prompt #59 Write here, now

June 16, 2011


Write here, now

We Write Poems:  
Observe, that’s the key, essential for any writer to do. And this is what Pamela Sayers rightly reminds us to do! We’ve played with words, with concepts, and now this week let’s focus down near and close. As Pamela suggests, observe and report. This is so important we’re going to do it in two parts.

For this first part we recommend you stay close to home, maybe even really close, like right where you sit and write (although that’s not a rule). But wherever you focus your attention, stay close with that chosen space. Describe some part of your environment; be generous in detail (this is called “making it real”), bringing the reader right over your shoulder for this poem. Don’t worry about being simple, about not making the scene dramatic. Give yourself permission to observe in raw direct detail, observe then describe. You know, even a “still life” actually moves! Maybe something of your relationship as observer, then participant, will grant more understanding and meaning for you (that’s also fine to include, but please, simplicity this week). Use as many of your senses as seems right for you.

Next week (part two, after this) we’ll take this notion out on the road for a spin, expand what and how we observe.

Thank you Pamela for this really excellent idea!

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One Comment
  1. June 21, 2011 10:35 am

    Love this idea, Pamela. Thanks. I’ve already got an idea in mind.


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