Thank you, guest reader, for spending this time with me this week.
It’s been fun to share a bit of my world with you and to keep on practicing my writing.
I didn’t come from a very spiritual or religious family and I don’t always connect as easily to the spiritual. I was skeptical when a former teacher, liz gonzález, asked us to read Gail Sher’s One Continuous Mistake, a book relating writing to Zen Buddhist principles.
But I found that the idea of writing as a practice spoke to me and re-fashioned my own relationship to my writing the more I thought about it. It does seem like a road that connects one day’s work to the next, pulling back layers to find more underneath, somewhere I might never get to (and where I might never want to fully arrive to).
What’s been the most important for me to sustain my writing practice are the writing communities I belong to, including Kundiman, Macondo and VONA, among others. I’ve realized that I’ve written a poem every day since last September because of a Kundiman poet who began The Grind, a rotating group of poets who commit to writing a poem every day of the month together (and onward and onward).
In the spirit of writing practice, I’d like to leave you with a writing prompt inspired by the word of the day: verboten (forbidden, prohibited).
1) List three things that you always write about.
2) Make a list of word associations with each of the things you listed. For example, one of the things I write about frequently is mother. My words on the list are orange, cicada, tiger, lines, soup and island.
3) Now list three secrets (transgressions or forbidden, prohibited things) you’ve never told anyone.
4) Pick one of the secrets to write about. Instead of naming what the secret is directly, use your word association list to write about the secret.