Monday, January 17, 2011

Poetry Bus for January

I have missed the bus again. Awwwww! But I was on vacaaaation.
And I'm not even finished blogging about that, but here's my bussy contribution with the themes for the next two weeks.
When I write a poem, it’s always all at once. I might think about it for a few days, just a ghost of an idea kicking around in the back of my mind, and I often take a note of the next P-bus assignment. Get it into the notebook. Get it into the brain differently, because writing uses a different bit than reading, because of the mechanical, drive-the-hand stage. But when it comes to getting the poem onto paper or a screen, it’s always a one-shot thing. Perhaps minimal editing later, but I’m not a person to write a poem and then go back and work on it and change it around and delete half and add another chapter later. Not like an article or an essay at all.
There’s something about the mood of a poem. I can never get back to just that state of mind. If I start changing things in a new state of brain, it’ll all get changed, and there’s no point in that; it’s another poem.
So I wanted to drive the bus twice in a row in order to do something different. This is not the assignment for Jan 24! It is for the 31st: I want poems built up over time. A couplet a day or however you want to do it, but I want the different attitudes of different days and lights and temperatures to be in there. No one-shot wonders. A collection of shots, okay. It’s more of a structure than a subject. If you’d like a subject too, write about time, change, or evolution.
For the 24th, let’s hear about something you like that other people don’t like. Or you’re afraid they don’t like it. Or you think they think you’re strange for liking it.
Get on the Bus, y'all!


Dr. Jeanne Iris said...

Fantastic prompts! My 24 January ticket is up here:


Louise said...

Great prompt, my attempt is now posted. Thanks.

The Bug said...

Here's mine! http://danabugseyeview.blogspot.com/2011/01/poetry-bus-heat-is-on.html

izzy said...

There are people who dislike
anything restraining animals-Thanks!

Ann T. said...

Dear Science Girl,
What a great prompt!

I've a ticket!


Kat Mortensen said...

This one is more difficult for me; I usually think about things for a while and then write them, but I don't work in layers and piece things together. Not sure if I can.


Rachel Fox said...

Well, I've kind of managed one for the 31st.


Louise said...

Hi NanU, my effort is up. Thanks for driving so well for the 2 weeks.

Jinksy said...

I've joined for the second leg of your journey HERE

Kat Mortensen said...

Oh dear! It seems I completely forgot to notify you that I had done this: http://hyggedigter.blogspot.com/2011/02/poetry-busmoment-by-moment.html