Thursday, April 3, 2008

One of the challenging -- and frustrating -- things about using the magnetic poetry is that only specific words are available. I constantly have to rethink what I want to say, usually because the first words that spring to mind are not actually on the magnets. It makes me a little crazy, but I like this part of it, rephrasing and seeing how the poem re-creates itself according to what's available.

The other part is the spontaneous images caused by which words are juxtaposed on my fridge. Images or phrases that I wouldn't have thought of appear, and become a springboard. Of course, then see the above paragraph -- where I want to take it is not necessarily where the magnets will let me.

It will be interesting to see how this continues over the month. So far, creating each poem has been a challenge, although they do feel much more finished than the year I wrote a poem (from scratch) each day during April. That year, I felt like I had 30 unfinished drafts, many without promise. One or two turned into what I think are good poems. I wonder what the long-run result of these poems will be?


Anonymous said...

winter garden cocoons
cool dark snow ends
spring day flowers grow

OK, now this is getting addictive/obsessive. I need more magnet kits!

rhino writer said...

Ooh, that's a nice one! I have a French kit that I won years ago and am working up the nerve for.