The Writing of a Story of Words

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 …


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.


Frame and the McGuireFrame and The McGuire – ‘… a gentle yet striking novel about the way our perception influences our judgement of others.’ Amy Mathers. For ages 8-13 … published by Tradewind Books available on Amazon or your local bookstore.

About Joanna M. Weston

Born in England, she lives in British Columbia. She is married with three sons, Joanna has an MA from the University of British Columbia. She has published in numerous anthologies and in magazines in Canada, the US, UK, and New Zealand, such as Canadian Women's Studies, Convolvus, Endless Mountains Review, Grain, Green's Magazine, Prairie Fire, Spin, Wascana Review, CBC Gallery, and many more...
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2 Responses to The Writing of a Story of Words

  1. Francine Wallace says:

    When I retire no doubt 😉 Have a good day!

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