Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Poetry Bus gets out of the rut

Ah, the Poetry Bus.

Usually I write my poems in the evening, at a pub with a glass of kir. Always after lunch, definitely, and usually in public and on the weekend, as I scurry about running errands with my little notebook in my pocket and the thing finally gels and it's time to write it down. Never do I write poems in the morning. Morning is for leaping up at the last possible minute, having coffee, and some kind of carbohydrate surface useful for holding lots of jam and nutella (not mixed! jam on the left, nutella on the right), and then rushing out to work (or to those errands on Saturday or to the market for eggs and veg and fleas on Sunday) until lunch somewhere.

We all have our habits.

You have yours.

For this week's Bus ride, instead of suggesting a topic to write about, I'd like us to change the poem-writing environment. Write your poem in a place and time and circumstances that break with your usual thing.

YES, you have a usual thing. If you think you don't have a thing, that your poems come at any time and in all places and contexts, and thus nothing can be different than nothing in particular, the nothing in particular is the thing, and the thing to do is to schedule it. By Friday you will identify the time, place, writing implement and receptive medium for your poem. When the time comes, there you are.

I've put up a list at the top of the sidebar for you early-birds.

(gratuitous cat photo)


Update on the Links on the Sidebar problem: for some reason, I just can't add any more. Error every try. I'll try listing the missing ones here:

PoetiKat is at: http://hyggedigter.blogspot.com/2010/10/stuck-in-rut-get-on-poetry-bus.html

Muse Swings here: http://muse-swings.blogspot.com/2010/10/poetry-bus-is-experiencing-life-in-fast.html

The doc is in at: http://thedocspoems.blogspot.com/ (I think)(Yea! it seems to have done it)

Emerging Writer hops on board: http://emergingwriter.blogspot.com/2010/10/poem-for-poetry-bus.html
The Muse is back for seconds: http://muse-swings.blogspot.com/2010/10/poetry-bus-strikes-twice-in-one-day.html

Jinksy flagging us down: http://pens-poems.blogspot.com/2010/10/poetry-bus-for18th-october.html


Titus said...

Great one NanU! I'm off to Dundee! A hotel room!

Niamh B said...


Totalfeckineejit said...

I like this one. But I may have to leave the house! AAaarrggghhhh!

Argent said...

Interesting! And I love the gratuitous cat piccy.

Kat Mortensen said...

Gratuitous cats are not inclined to change their "thing", but I will anyway. (Not sure where, yet.)

I might sit out on the cold balcony of my new apartment. Brrr!


P.S. I love Nutella!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Methinks I may write it in The Golden Lion over coffee tomorrow morning. Might even try to write about a gratuitous cat - I have one of those too.

Karen said...

Sorry to be so early, but I'm off for a long weekend tomorrow, and I'll have catching up to do when I return. Hope it's okay to be standing here with my thumb out already:


Dr. Jeanne Iris said...

Hi Nanu, LOVE your Chair Narrative!
My poetry bus entry is up here:


Have a good weekend!

Enchanted Oak said...

This is a thought-provoking prompt, NanU. I'm impressed by your poetic regularity. Do you really wait until it gels before you start scribbling? I'm scared to death I'll forget whatever poetic germ noodled my head, so I scribble on anything papery. Once wrote a poem on an ATM receipt in a parking lot.
But you're right about the place. I got me a usual spot: the desk.
So per your orders I'll uproot myself tomorrow and see if any poetry fish bite.

MuseSwings said...

Off to the grocery store... there's some poetry to be found in those carts with the "woobity" wheels.

Mrs.Trellis said...

I will hie me away to my husband Caddoc's Garden Shed. (Note the capitals. His Shed is the Love of His Life) Once there, amongst the bags of compost and farmyard manure (Buy 4, get one free), I'm sure I will think of a suitable subject. I will take my poet's notebook. It would be interesting to write my poem in blood, but sadly, Caddoc is still away attending a Garden Shed Owners' Convention in Colwyn Bay - that's his story anyway.

Peter Goulding said...

Guten Tag, Fraulein Uhrhammer,
I'm afraid I cheated a bit and am resigned to walking along sullenly behind the bus

Mrs.Trellis said...

This was another interesting and inspiring prompt. Thank you. My response is posted here

Enchanted Oak said...

I liked your disconcerted poem,NanU. But the comment box ate my comment.
Maybe it will turn up someday.
I Took a New Seat on the Bus!

The Bug said...

Here I am!


I found this to be quite difficult - & I had no idea I was such a creature of habit!

Carolina Linthead said...

So I wrote a sonnet instead of grading papers...oh, wait, I do things like that all the time. However, this one was inspired by historical figures, and I don't often do that. It was inspired by a documentary I showed on Friday and by Willow's Magpie prompt. I hope you find it worthy of a ticket! Here you go: http://childofafrostymorning.blogspot.com/2010/10/sundays-with-lc-tale-of-two-brothers.html

Doctor FTSE said...

I hope I haven't missed the bus. Hopefully, I paid for a ticket here!

NanU said...

Trying to get to you, Doc, but clicking the link crashes Explorer... Will try alternate routes.

Doctor FTSE said...

NanU . . my link (above) now gets me nowhere! I try again here.

(Blogger accepts my html, so should be O.K.)

NanU said...

Doc FTSE - the link will take me there (or I can go through your profile), but my browser freezes the moment it get there, making it hard to copy to the sidebar. Could you just put the text of the link in the comment? And I will try again.

Kat Mortensen said...

First task is complete here: http://hyggedigter.blogspot.com/2010/10/stuck-in-rut-get-on-poetry-bus.html

Second task (to visit everyone) is about to begin.

Thanks, Nanu!


Jinksy said...

I hoping to hop on for a lift to at least the next bus stop! Ticket should be HERE