As to the poetry, I still think that poets have so much to show us writers of prose about putting words together, so they sound beautiful and create fresh and exciting images as well as convey meaning to the reader.
|Poetry and Prose/Apples and Apple Pie|
Where to start is the problem, because nothing begins when it begins and nothing's over when it's over, and everything needs a preface, a postscript, a chart of simultaneous events. History is a construct, she tells her students. Any point of entry is possible and all choices are arbitrary. Still, there are definite moments, moments we use as references, because they break our sense of continuity, they change the direction of time. We can look at these events and we can say that after them things were never the same again. They provide beginnings for us, and endings too. Births and deaths, for instance and marriages. And wars.
Let's see we should have a prize or something for the one who first identifies this writer. I've got an ARC of The Chaos that I can offer. It's a gritty futuristic novel by Rachel Ward.
I'm working on reaching my ROW80 goal, so here's my poetry-prose connected piece that I promised myself I'd write. Draft #1
At dusk, lacy prints in the sand are all I see of the Iguanas who have fled before my footstep. But look up. There the clusters of bananas sway not from wind, but from a feast interrupted.
At first light they skitter over slick tin roofs in pursuit of insects the heat has not yet driven into cool tile crevices. If an iguana becomes careless, it will most likely slide the length of the roof and land at your feet with the sound only a lizard can make.
They regard people as dangerous and so I believe they're wise. Inside those gilled heads, our scent triggers an ancient and healthy fear of humans and they flee, tails high, back to their tin sanctuary. Perhaps they will survive.
Hope you'll share some poetry-prose here on my last Poetry for Novelists post for 2011. See you around the blogOsphere and be sure to visit some other ROW80 bloggers. Click on the ROW80 image at the top of this page to see if they're reaching their goals. Now I'm off to print out my WIP and get busy with that word count.