Kim M. Russell, 10th April 2019
My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Poems in April Day 10: Open a Book
For the tenth challenge of this NaPoWriMo, Anmol with like us to pick up any books lying closest to us or pick them from our bookshelves: poetry collections, novels, dictionaries, telephone directories… we should just pick one up and open page at random. The first sentence of that page is our source of inspiration for a new poem, which we can write in three ways:
- Use all the words of the sentence in the poem;
- Pick a word or phrase from the sentence for the title or the poem;
- Use a part or the entire sentence as the first or last line of the poem.
The book I picked up from my shelf was Seamus Heaney’s Death of a Naturalist and I’ve tried to do all three with the first ‘sentence’ of the poem ‘Gravities’.