1. The world as it is
  2. Inciting incident
  3. The stakes are raised (and raised)
  4. The turning point
  5. The world as it is now

I'm not going to tell you exactly how I think the poems fits these five structural movements, and you can agree or disagree on that, but I think we can all agree one of the greatest turns in poetry ever happens here:

I remembered,
then, the miscarriage, and before that
the months of waiting: like baskets filled
with bright shapes, the imagination
run wild. And then what arrived:
the event that was nothing, a mistaken idea,
a scrap of charred cloth, the enormous
present folding over the future,
like a wave overtaking
a grain of sand.

Now for the prompt: think of something that your heart does not understand. Your may understand it intellectually, literally, but your heart stubbornly refuses its sense.  Write a parable poem that defends your heart against this thing or person or event that contradicts it, a parable that teaches it a lesson.  Write it using the five parts of story-telling, but resist the urge to tell it straight in any way.  If the thing shows up literally at all in the piece, it shouldn't be until the turn.


2018 shows and workshops announced in January.

Happy holidays!