A Little Pick Me Up

Things have been very stressful lately and I’ve been writing but not enough. I emailed my mentor, Dr. Becky Thompson, and she sent me a great poetry exercise she did at a recent conference. You take “Poem” by William Carlos Williams and write a poem using the same number of syllables in each line. It’s a simple but effective exercise. Here’s the poem:

As the cat
climbed over
the top of

the jamcloset
first the right
forefoot

carefully
then the hind
stepped down
into the pit of
the empty
flowerpot

If you know of any other good writing exercises, prose or poetry, let me know in the comments section. I did get a little pick me up in the form of an email this morning. One of my creative nonfiction shorts is being published in the Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle: Journal of Creative Writing. Sigma Tau Delta is an honor society for English majors/minors that I belong to. I’m very excited about this. This is my first national publication. Sometimes I question myself as a writer, especially when I get depressed. When I get published, it reminds me that my work has value and that I am on the right path.

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