Theme for CWC*
*based on a version of Langston Hughes' "Theme for English B" created at a weekly Creative Writing Club meeting that I cosponsor at my college. Lisa Rosa, another professor, had us steal lines from the poem to write our own poems, and then we chopped the stolen lines out to get a poem all our own. The finished (are we ever finished with writing?) version is followed by the stolen version.
How do I even start?
Unsure as a writer
though qualified by degrees
But dare I share the secret parts of me?
It's easier to say, "I hate poetry."
Though I adore Peter Meinke
Too lazy to search for the perfect
rhythm, rhyme, word that captures a world
Give me several pages of prose instead
(or maybe a haiku)
Perhaps I should teach instead.
* * * * *
I wonder how to even start.
I am unsure as a writer.
I went (and graduated) from many schools
(a BA, a graduate certificate, an MA, a study abroad in Oxford).
I am qualified.
It's not easy sharing the secret parts that make for good writing.
I feel exposed.
Do I dare reveal what I really think?
I like prove more than poetry.
I guess I'm too lazy to search for THAT perfect rhythm, rhyme, word
that captures a world in just a few lines.
Give me several pages instead.
This is my page for LR @ CWC.