This is a warm-up exercise I found in Wingbeats II, edited by Scott Wiggerman & David Meischen, a book full of exercises in poetry that are great fun to try. This one is called line-building and I recommend it for one of those mornings when stringing more than two words together is hard …
THE WRITING OF A STORY OF WORDS
new words career off the page.
the page leaning sideways to turn.
to turn into yet another story.
story perhaps one that erodes sequences.
sequences bending back to another.
to another where the chapter sits.
sits on a period, waiting for a comma.
any comma will do, nestling into itself.
itself waiting for the reader to pause.
to pause and capture the running hero.
the hero who will dive into a new version.
a new version of himself caught.
caught up by a sentence of new words.
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