100 Day Project Three – Day 7

DAY 7 (June 18th, 2018)

How I wish you were here,
the way you once were
before we planted our wounded bodies
like flags on some war-torn hill
in the middle of no one cares.


Novel X

Daily Word Count: 141

EXCERPT

“The study of manipulating the mind, emotions, and will of individuals by the implantation of directives and ideas into the subconscious of the listeners of poetry, epic poetry, and stories.”

The 100 Day Project

The 100 Day Project

The 100 Day Project is a creativity excavation. It’s about unearthing dormant or unrealized creativity by committing to a daily practice everyday for 100 days.
Creativity is a skill. The more we practice, the more skilled we become. Practice takes time. Practice takes commitment. Practice is a radical act in this speeded up world. Through practice, we develop a creative habit. Through habit, we reconnect with and know ourselves again as a creative being.

I started this, my third, 100 Day Project on June 12th, 2018. My project is to write at least one first-draft stanza inspired by a poem, a quote, an idea, a painting—anything, really (or nothing at all) and to write at least one hundred shitty first-draft words of my novel. I’ll post the results here.

Enjoy!

100 Day Project Three – Day 6

DAY 6 (June 17th, 2018)

the time is short
shorter than you think
blink and it’s gone
and so are possibilities


Novel X

Daily Word Count: 101

EXCERPT

At any rate, I happen to be working on a dissertation for a doctorate in subliminal poetics at the University of Ferrara.

The 100 Day Project

The 100 Day Project

The 100 Day Project is a creativity excavation. It’s about unearthing dormant or unrealized creativity by committing to a daily practice everyday for 100 days.
Creativity is a skill. The more we practice, the more skilled we become. Practice takes time. Practice takes commitment. Practice is a radical act in this speeded up world. Through practice, we develop a creative habit. Through habit, we reconnect with and know ourselves again as a creative being.

I started this, my third, 100 Day Project on June 12th, 2018. My project is to write at least one first-draft stanza inspired by a poem, a quote, an idea, a painting—anything, really (or nothing at all) and to write at least one hundred shitty first-draft words of my novel. I’ll post the results here.

Enjoy!

100 Day Project Three – Day 5

DAY 5 (June 16th, 2018)

OLD PATTERNS

Old patterns
deaden the pain.

The pain is gone.
A scar remains.

And I am lifted out of it.


Novel X

Daily Word Count: 120

EXCERPT

“Well … cheers. Here’s to you not getting what’s your due, despite my best efforts.”

The 100 Day Project

The 100 Day Project

The 100 Day Project is a creativity excavation. It’s about unearthing dormant or unrealized creativity by committing to a daily practice everyday for 100 days.
Creativity is a skill. The more we practice, the more skilled we become. Practice takes time. Practice takes commitment. Practice is a radical act in this speeded up world. Through practice, we develop a creative habit. Through habit, we reconnect with and know ourselves again as a creative being.

I started this, my third, 100 Day Project on June 12th, 2018. My project is to write at least one first-draft stanza inspired by a poem, a quote, an idea, a painting—anything, really (or nothing at all) and to write at least one hundred shitty first-draft words of my novel. I’ll post the results here.

Enjoy!

100 Day Project Three – Day 4

DAY 4 (June 15th, 2018)

MY EYES

My eyes are old and
I cannot see.
Yet still your soul
reveals itself to me.


Novel X

Daily Word Count: 115

EXCERPT

“Lalooch, if you please! The lady would like one of your finest Molten Stingers.”

The 100 Day Project

The 100 Day Project

The 100 Day Project is a creativity excavation. It’s about unearthing dormant or unrealized creativity by committing to a daily practice everyday for 100 days.
Creativity is a skill. The more we practice, the more skilled we become. Practice takes time. Practice takes commitment. Practice is a radical act in this speeded up world. Through practice, we develop a creative habit. Through habit, we reconnect with and know ourselves again as a creative being.

I started this, my third, 100 Day Project on June 12th, 2018. My project is to write at least one first-draft stanza inspired by a poem, a quote, an idea, a painting—anything, really (or nothing at all) and to write at least one hundred shitty first-draft words of my novel. I’ll post the results here.

Enjoy!

100 Day Project Three – Day 3

DAY 3 (June 14th, 2018)

WAITING IN VAIN

I waited in vain
for a warm word—
too much a burden, I suppose
for you to bear.


Novel X

Daily Word Count: 124

EXCERPT

“Well, Charlot … would you care for a seat? I’ll buy you a drink. You look like you need one.”

The 100 Day Project

The 100 Day Project

The 100 Day Project is a creativity excavation. It’s about unearthing dormant or unrealized creativity by committing to a daily practice everyday for 100 days.
Creativity is a skill. The more we practice, the more skilled we become. Practice takes time. Practice takes commitment. Practice is a radical act in this speeded up world. Through practice, we develop a creative habit. Through habit, we reconnect with and know ourselves again as a creative being.

I started this, my third, 100 Day Project on June 12th, 2018. My project is to write at least one first-draft stanza inspired by a poem, a quote, an idea, a painting—anything, really (or nothing at all) and to write at least one hundred shitty first-draft words of my novel. I’ll post the results here.

Enjoy!

100 Day Project Three – Day 2

DAY 2 (June 13th, 2018)

IF I COULD REACH

If I could reach
into the past
and pluck a petal
from that ghostly flower
I’d pull you back
and tell you that I loved you.

In your dying hours
I saw that you tried
to do the things you loved
in life, but you were so tired.

Death hung around your neck
and pulled your head down
so that all you could do
was stare into the dim morning—
dimmer now,
grayer now.
You crawled into the bitter end
with all the life left to you.

I pluck you from the past, dear one
and make you whole again.


Novel X

Daily Word Count: 120

EXCERPT

“Charlot sighed, looked at Burt, looked at Blek, then muttered something indiscernible under her breath.”


The 100 Day Project

The 100 Day Project

The 100 Day Project is a creativity excavation. It’s about unearthing dormant or unrealized creativity by committing to a daily practice everyday for 100 days.
Creativity is a skill. The more we practice, the more skilled we become. Practice takes time. Practice takes commitment. Practice is a radical act in this speeded up world. Through practice, we develop a creative habit. Through habit, we reconnect with and know ourselves again as a creative being.

I started this, my third, 100 Day Project on June 12th, 2018. My project is to write at least one first-draft stanza inspired by a poem, a quote, an idea, a painting—anything, really (or nothing at all) and to write at least one hundred shitty first-draft words of my novel. I’ll post the results here.

Enjoy!

100 Day Project Three – Day 1

DAY 1 (June 12th, 2018)

ON WRITING POETRY

The first verse is easy.
The second one strained.
The third one is broken.
The fourth one maimed.


Novel X

Daily Word Count: 122

EXCERPT

“As I previously stated, and according to law, I cannot,” Blek responded, “and indeed, I would not wish to, and would consider such an action a travesty, even if I could.”


The 100 Day Project

The 100 Day Project

The 100 Day Project is a creativity excavation. It’s about unearthing dormant or unrealized creativity by committing to a daily practice everyday for 100 days.
Creativity is a skill. The more we practice, the more skilled we become. Practice takes time. Practice takes commitment. Practice is a radical act in this speeded up world. Through practice, we develop a creative habit. Through habit, we reconnect with and know ourselves again as a creative being.

I started this, my third, 100 Day Project on June 12th, 2018. My project is to write at least one first-draft stanza inspired by a poem, a quote, an idea, a painting—anything, really (or nothing at all) and to write at least one hundred shitty first-draft words of my novel. I’ll post the results here.

Enjoy!

100 Day Project (Three) Kickoff

The 100 Day Project

I started my first 100 day project a little over a year ago. For three months over the summer, I spent time during the week and much time over the weekends writing first draft poetry in my little black notebook and on my computer.

I feel that summers are fitting for writing first-draft material. You may walk unencumbered in the open air and ruminate and reminisce while drinking in the sun, unworried and unhurried.

The idea behind that first project was to read a poem and write a first-draft stanza in response to that poem. However, as the project wore on, I began mostly writing first-draft stanzas, not as a response to poetry I had read, but more simply based upon thoughts and impressions I had at the time.

I was OK with that … as long as I continued to write. That was the important thing.

For my second 100 day project, I took much of that first-draft material and crafted poems out of it. Additionally, I worked a bit on my novel.

While there were some gaps in my production, overall I was quite happy with the results. I created some pretty good poems (in my estimation, at any rate) and developed a process for writing poetry to boot.

I started yet a third 100 project, but I abandoned it about a third of the way through. Let’s just say that life got in the way.


Well, summer is in full swing. In between projects, I have been writing poetry quite consistently. The habit I feel is ingrained in me now.

Jane Hirshfield wrote in her essay ‘The Myriad Leaves of Words’ that in the Heian court culture of Japan “… no significant experience was to be entire until it had found expression in verse.”

I understand the import of those words now. And whether or not the meaning I imbue into past experience with verse is really real or not does not detract from the effort. If one thinks too hard and too deeply (and honestly) about life, one may draw the inescapable conclusion that it is ultimately senseless … at least, on a cosmic scale.

To find meaning in life, therefore, is an exercise in creativity. It is absolutely necessary, in fact, to maintain well-being and keep one’s sanity. And while this creative effort may not be, in an objective sense, true reality, it is real as real can get. Life really is what we make it.

At any rate, I want to write new first-draft poetry this summer. And I want to continue to work on my novel.

So, without further ado, I’m pleased to present the daily goals for this, my third, one hundred day project:

  • To write at least one first-draft stanza each day. This work may be in response to poetry I have read, in which case, I may present that poem. Or it may be in response to a picture or an idea. Or it may just pop out of my head unadorned in all its brash and unpolished glory.
  • To write at least 100 new words a day on my novel.

Of course, there may be times when I miss a day or two here or there. That’s to be expected. Make-up work is allowed! I am quite fallible and all too human.

So, there it is. Wish me luck!

Note To Self

THE STEPS

Step One: Let go of anger and hate, for they otherwise will consume you.

Step Two: Let go of sorrow. It will pass.

Step Three: Find peace in the present. You will see God in all that surrounds you.

Step Four: Find hope for your future. Good things will come.

Mercy

A Short Poem

TREASURE ON THE WATER

My heart sank
in the pitch
alone—
upon my table a bowl
of sorrows and a spoon
made of bone.

I expected no one—
only tears
to consecrate this bitter meal.

And yet you came.
And I cried and cried—
long into the joyless night.

Your heart was heavy for mine
We shared my wretched burden.
Mercifully,
you seized my shoulder,
lifted me up
and through my hovel window shone
first light—
treasure glittered on the water—
where before there was none.

(Thank you, K.)