Donna says she uses this idea all the time for both herself and her students to force new language and connections into drafts.
- Put your iPod or iTunes (or other mp3 player) on shuffle. (If you don’t have a music player that shuffles, you can choose CD or album titles at random from your collection by writing several titles down on little slips of paper … works the same way.)
- Write down the first five titles that come up. No cheating allowed!
- Use all five titles to draft a new poem. They have to be used intact — you can interrupt them with punctuation, but you may not remove or change words.
In childhood, humans have no use for memory
the architecture of friendships relies on geography
and the delicate balance of knee scrapes, cherry trees,
slices of watermelon and bee
stings during a hot summer baseball game. If we’re lucky we find
someone to pick on. We pretend to be others en plus, fight crime
and solve mysteries, decode languages, prance like an elegant dame, admired and courted by princes from faraway lands. I
hadn’t anyone ‘til you. We depended on each other as crutches,
limping through the wonder years until we could no longer resist
the sirens, more independent than a scorpio. I heard
it through the grapevine, the rumors of adulthood.
How the mind remembers these sweet times.
And they don’t stop, ‘til you get enough of the daily toil.
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The prompt helps get the ball rolling as always but in trying to avoid cheating, some transitions and words were a little unnatural. Well, they still fit, but they're a little awkward.
Time is medicine for perfectionism. I had to let it go and keep writing the draft; save editing for another time. (gulp!) All in all it was a great exercise/prompt! (This is a bit painful yet still an adrenaline-filled process! But a draft is something.) See you tomorrow!
Oh yeah, my songs were:
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
I Heard it Through the Grapevine
I Hadn’t Anyone ‘Til You
And yes, my library is a hodge podge of different kinds of music. I'm going to use this prompt again in the future -- and have some fun with my shuffle!