On the late American poet’s irrepressible confident weirdness
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This was delightful! I'm so inspired by Mayer's prompts. Also, why not be that kind of improvisational writer? Indeed! At the same time, I wonder if the kind of writing we do would work with that method. It's certainly worth a try!
I know Mayer's work through my friend, Bronwen Tate, who wrote a dissertation chapter on her--all about how temporal or spatial containers (like the 24 hr poem you mention) prompt creativity.
Thank you so much for putting her work and her prompts on my radar. So good!
Her prompts are so inspiring! Thank you for sharing this :)
I have backed into the work of Bernadette Mayer through "Midwinter Constellation," a collaborative work in honor of Mayer's "Midwinter Day." Constellation is a revelation, a braided collection of dailiness by 32 women poets. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it weaves a spell and challenges what I thought I knew about writing. "Midwinter Day" is a must read for me now.
Wonderful list. Thx for sharing.
Ooh I can't wait to dig into these writing prompts! Thanks for sharing!
Like you, I haven’t been too enthusiastic about writing prompts, but only yesterday I was in a workshop and was asked to write about something I would never have thought about and I really enjoyed it! (It was about menopause- write about the day of your last period. Well that blew my mind!) Anyway, I’m pleased to be here on your Substack and subscribed for more. 😀
Love these prompts! Thank you!
Thanks for this, looking forward to your next book! :)
Love these, thanks! A lot of those prompts had me grinning and I can't help think I'll be trying some out...
I don't use prompts nearly as much as I should. In other words, never. I'll be using some of these.
"Then we begin to know something." There's so much in that line. Thanks for sharing.