So happy to be part of Irene Latham’s Progressive Poem! Here we go!
Nestled in her cozy bed, a seed stretched.
Oh, what wonderful dreams she had had!
Blooming in midnight moonlight, dancing with
Did you see the wonderful post with Heidi Mordhorst, Irene Latham, and Liz Steinglass? If so, you know that this year, we were asked to make predictions based on Line 1 of the poem. Here’s what I wrote after seeing Liz’s line:
I love that there’s some action already in this first line. Not simply description, but movement. Will this be a narrative about a seed growing? Or will it take a turn to be about something in the bigger world, and the seed is just one element? Will this be a micro story or a macro story?
Of course, only one other line has happened in between. Jane Whittingham contributed that (have you seen her sweet new picture book, Wild One?). So there wasn’t a whole lot of room for things to zoom off in any given direction. But she did introduce the element of dreams. So from here, the poem could continue in real time or could stop to reminisce about those wonderful dreams. I decided to pause and think about the dreams…
I wanted to continue with dream action, but the first few lines I tried didn’t work. The accumulation of lines 1-3 sounded too storylike to me. So I played with a few different poetic elements, trying to figure out a way to nudge the action forward but also keep a poemlike feel to the poem. And I decided to not end-stop the line.
Can’t wait to see who/what Michelle gives this dreamy moonflower for a dance partner. I had something in mind, but decided it would be much more fun to leave it up to the next poet’s imagination!
Thank you, Irene, and poetry community. And thank you to the poetry friend–was it you, Janet Fagal? Or you, Carol Varsalona?–who gave me a heads-up that the sign-up was live. So glad I didn’t miss out:>)
And here’s the schedule for the rest of the month! I hope you’ll follow along to see where words and creativity take us.