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a writing date leads to trouble

June 7, 2009

Don’t they always? Don’t all writing dates lead to plans for crazy writing projects? They do if your writing buddy happens to be Jill.

We met today at “our” Starbucks and stuck to our primary rule: Write first, talk second. (We’re not always able to do this.) We completed two exercises (my resulting poems are still in the incubator), came up with a couple assignments and developed the crazy writing project du jour.

It is based on a photography class assignment I’d heard about. The teacher assigned students a color and told them to go out and photograph their color. At the time I heard about it, I thought, “What a great poetry exercise that would be! Take notice of a color and begin writing poems about it.” Jill decided it should be a poem-a-day challenge (she loves a poem-a-day). But we’ve only committed to seven days. Her color is green and mine is red.

Commencing “the red poems” series with this draft — negotiating turns (and terms of separation) — over at “i am maureen.” (Although this one may be cheating. It comes from a free-write in my journal from last week. A true story about a red car and some ducks.)

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  1. Michelle permalink
    June 10, 2009 12:54 pm

    Of course your colour is red! Fabulous stuff, I’m off to read them.

  2. June 14, 2009 7:45 am

    How lucky you are, to be able to meet like that to write! I’m going over for the red poems, too.


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