Joseph’s Recursion One, Headwaters, has us finding ten nouns, and giving each five possible and five improbable modifiers. The job is to create connections.
NaPoWriMo’s #1 prompt is to begin a poem with the first line of another poem. Mine is from “Kubota Writes to José Arcadio Buendía” from Garrett Hongo’s Coral Road.*
Note from a Woman Whose Town has Forgotten Itself
There was no history in your village, as there wasn’t in mine,*
where artifacts, bare of context, appeared from beneath the benches of its ginkoed square
like unexpected disagreements. No well-read latticework crates to contain them,
they promised to repeat themselves, emptily,
like endlessly intransitive maids, cleaning nothing; or pious mockingbirds.
Such villages, quaint precambrian hubcaps on mesozoic wheels, draw tourists.
Mammalian loud reptiles, walked along our sidewalks
by rolling suitcases, black rip stock seeing eye dogs,
they follow the gravel echoes of small firecracker festivals, purposes
forgotten before acrid smell of celebration dissipates. They have come to forget.
And insubstantial, disappear; cloudy contrails in the night. Leaving
rolling artifacts, unstoried, behind.