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Quick Dice Poetry Exercise

Sat Jun 22 2024 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

When I wrote about creativity and Dungeons and Dragons, I mentioned I had adapted roll tables to create a random poetry prompt. I thought I'd write up the process in case it's useful for anyone else.

Always That Chimeric Skyline

Wed May 29 2024 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Streets now sliced streaks of
shimmering turquoise, scarlet and
funeral grey blurs, suggestions of
doors, signs and windows barely
registering. How long, running for a
lifetime? No wheezes, no stitches, no
sweat. Pavement treadmills, that
red car ahead suspended in
motion. I need to catch up. Why? No
time for questions. Legs now
pistons, push my hazy memory of a
body forever forward as the city
loops over again towards the
vanishing point, never reached —

Creativity lessons from Dungeons and Dragons

Fri May 24 2024 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

For the last few years, I've been playing Dungeons and Dragons as a Dungeon Master. This is the person who creates the world and encounters for the players to explore. Every session is fun and I enjoy inventing increasingly strange situations for the party to react to.

A Ritual

Tue May 14 2024 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

I have been unable to describe the shape
of my body. Birds sing laments, mourning
for our forgotten winter in a language
only they know, nonsense to me. The sky
is a sermon printed on cheap paper,
orange markers bleeding through the page.
My garden whispers like a fading dream
as thoughts transmute to smoke,
wisp and separate and float. Recently

"G Man"

Fri May 03 2024 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

When asked to provide an account
he spoke only in pollen drifts.

Recording

Mon Apr 22 2024 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
I found an old tape recorder/ conveyor belt of rhythm/a strange reconstruction/of this improvised night./ I danced/ in the cold darkness

Erasure poem taken from Tracing the Lines Magazine

How long until your inlet valve chokes up

Fri Apr 19 2024 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

with lint and grime? Oil seeps into every
exposed surface, delays the build up of rust,
but decline is inevitable. When did you last
consider your camshaft bearing, your crankshaft
drillings, your line shaft? You forgot to follow
the established maintenance schedule,
didn't you? Made a checklist then delayed
consulting it. Eventually, your pistons
will stop pumping, a spark plug will fail,
your alternator will burn out or a wire
to your battery will fray. How much grease
lines the walls of your intake manifold?
Is it enough? When did a professional
last give you a look over? Your catalytic
convertor is clogged, you are speaking
in toxic fumes. How long has your engine
management light been flashing on and off?

The Days Stack Up

Fri Apr 12 2024 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Recently, I was speaking to someone about journaling, and I casually mentioned I'd kept a diary consistently for over ten years. As I said it, it seemed wrong, so I checked the next day. Yup. Over ten years.

Discovering My Allergy to Scallops

Thu Apr 04 2024 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

'You don't want to end up like me,'
the man on stage screeches.
Laughter unstoppable now, like
a falling body embracing gravity.
'I'm serious. Why is that funny?'
I feel three hundred people's heat

Pressure Drop

Mon Apr 01 2024 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
erasure poem: That lonely sky has dimmed./ That bitter cold wind is in us

Erasure poem taken from Good On Paper.