Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Writing Exercise # 32

I've given this exercise in a few workshops before, but I've always handed out the phobias. In this case, it's up to you:


1. List five phobias you have. If you don't have any, make some up. Need some help? Who's your mommy!?!?!

2. List ten routine things you see in a house. Or a city. Or a church. Or a playground. Or a supermarket.

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Title your poem with one of the phobias as well as the setting you chose for #2. For example, "In The Church of Automatonophobia." Make sure the routine things are tweaked to accommodate their settings. I'll always remember when a poet wrote, "In The Town of the Forgetful / the mayor is a dead elephant / there is no electricity / the daisies deceased..." What do the people here pray to? If you want, write a letter from someone who lives in this place to a person in the "outside world."

If you don't want to do a phobia, and would rather it be "On The Island of Well-Hung Waiters," SWEET.

Dream big, kittens. This is your fairytale. This is your daydream't nightmare. This is your fantasy island getaway. Happy birthday, all the time.


(This exercise was inspired by this get-up designed by the late great Alexander McQueen.)