Monday, April 14, 2008
April Poem Prompt 2 - Take a colour, any colour
In March I had a haiku published on tinywords:
all this green forgiving the rain
which I wrote as I was driving home from Wales last year (there can't be many literary forms you can write, edit and re-edit in your head as a complete thing!) and anyone who was living in the UK last summer will remember the amount of rain we had between the end of May and the beginning of August.
The green in this haiku is the literal green of the landscape but green has other associations too, e.g. youth, naivety and jealousy.
Here are a couple of groundwork 'colour' exercises:
1. Choose a colour and brainstorm for associations around it: single words and phrases, concrete objects, emotions, songs, familiar expressions, whatever comes into your head. Keep making random notes for at least 10 minutes.
2. Working with the same colour: .......... is the colour I remember. Continue writing for at least 10 minutes.
3. Now look at the colour wheel above and, using the opposite colour to your choice, write freely about what you like and don't like about this colour, what it reminds you of, what it makes you feel. You might even try addressing the colour directly, e.g. you were my school years, or, you're the taste of guilt... .
By this stage you might already feel the theme and shape of a poem emerging. If so, work your ideas and images into a draft then let it sit for a day or two before going back to edit. If you're still stuck, don't read back over your notes. Leave them for about a week and look over them then; it's possible that something will strike you as worth working with when you have a little bit of distance.