2/24 New York School of Poets Exercise (inspired by former 170-er and now faculty and poet, Stacie Cassarino) This exercise was dreamed up by our course tutors.
1. Write a question.
2. Write down the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the following:
Day of the week
Time of day
Means of transportation
Article of clothing
Thing you find in a hardware store
3. Another question.
In five minutes, write a poem opening with the first question, closing with the second question and including as many of the responses to the words as possible. Think about how to get from the first question to the second.
Camus to Sisyphus
Why does the owl sit in our tree
on Tuesday at 3:00
of all things, in the day
Why does Klimt
throw teal grapefruits against the window
while he rides the train to visit
Why does the street sign
hit your shoes with sadness as you push
your burden up Elm Street?
Hey, don’t walk on the grass,
Rather, play the viola with burning tires.
Why does Canada’s arm
slap down across the border
as though it holds some kind of rosy oval
Does it know something we don’t?