I am delighted to present journalist, writer, story-teller Ed Pilolla as our guest contributor on Real Toads today. I am a great admirer of Ed's poetry, and his sense of purpose in getting words to work for him.
When Kerry asked me to do a word list prompt, I was reminded how I have difficulty writing from prompts. The reason is the pressure I feel to ‘make it work.’ However, my instinctive process of going into my cave alone prevents me from meeting some challenges and overcoming them in work-group settings. So this is my opportunity to be part of a prompt and make it work, and I'm very grateful to Kerry for reaching out.
So since I have difficulty writing off prompts, I’m going to make this a list in which any word can be discarded and not used in a poem. And I’m going to list several favorites of mine because making this process easier will, perhaps, make for an easier time knitting something together. I hope you find some favorites of yours, too.
Honestly, I am using this prompt to get back to writing love poetry because that’s what I like to do. So I built this list thinking about a river’s journey. I don’t think the list means you have to write about a river, but that’s what I’m going to do. A river has a natural narrative. And putting ourselves in a position to be successful writers is important, I believe.
Lastly, I write a free verse style. Anything else intimidates me and I feel like I’m making obvious missteps that other, real poets notice and hold against me. This is probably not true, but I avoid all avenues of anxiety when I write and create. So I stick with paragraph form and look for opportunities in the draft to flesh out theme and polish, shine and rhyme. Thanks for having me. It’s a pleasure and honor to be here.
|Harmony in Blue and Green ~ Natalia Goncharova|
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If you would like to participate in this prompt, please write a new poem using a minimum of 3 words and add it to the link below.