Why use one word when you can spew
twenty or more onto a blank page
or a computer screen which entices you
to burst open your soul like a sticky horse
chestnut bud and release
your innermost hopes and fears
but keep the secrets slanting shadows
(you can’t give too much away)
and if on-line you must navigate trolls
like ravens splashing black crosses in your poetic sky
Kim M. Russell, 20th April 2017
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On Day 20 of The Poetry School’s NaPoWriMo prompts, Ali has asked us to write a one-sentence poem. We should draft it in prose, so we’re not worrying about line-breaks. They can come later. We should also find that we become more expansive and loquacious by drafting this way. If we reach a natural break, connectives (also known as conjunctions) are our friends: we should use ‘but’, ‘and’, ‘which’ and so on to carry on our sentences. Brackets and dashes are useful, but Ali would like us to avoid colons and semi-colons as they stop us in our tracks when we’re supposed to be flowing.
Our example today is Steve Scafidi’s magnificent ‘To Whoever Set My Truck On Fire‘, but our poems don’t necessarily have to be this long!