NaPoWriMo 2016 Day 7

Another familiar one:

But let me paraphrase a bit…

Write two ‘Chinese Quatrains’

Jim Teeters introduced this exercise to Striped Water after learning it while he was in China and the name came from that, I don’t know if there is another name for this exercise or not, but it needs to be called something so Chinese Quatrain just sort of stuck. It’s an old prompt and one I use often, but that is only because it’s a really good one. There are three steps for the non-group version:

first write two lines

second pick a random line, lets say find a book of poetry turn to page 25 and pick line 7, this becomes the third line of a the quatrain

the third and last step is to write the fourth line in such a way that it ties the other three together. You should write at least two of them.

third line from Controlled Hallucinations by John Sibley Williams

for a time I thought I was delusional
but then I saw the flower
screaming its uniqueness
and I knew I really am a weed

third line from Chicago Poems by Carl Sandburg

little fly
buzzing by
the same man in the same world as before only there was a singing
then it was gone, then it was back, gone, back…


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