2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 17 | How to Poems | Write Poetry | WritersDigest.com

Maxie Steer offers today’s prompt on Robert Brewer’s Poetic Asides blog.

It’s a how-to poem. Read the contributions of others and add your own.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 17 | How to Poems | Write Poetry | WritersDigest.com.

How to Paint

 

Set up a surface,

whether canvas,

paper or weathered

wood doesn’t

matter, at least

not at first.

Next, squeeze

out a bright

worm of color,

or mix it up

from powder

with medium

and binder.

Invite your

thoughts to

depart, opening

to other

forces beyond

them.

Then, pick

up the brush.

Linda Armstrong, 11/17/2012. All rights reserved.

AllAtOnce

Here’s a loosening up guide I wrote for artists. With a little imagination, its principles apply to writers too. Its purpose is to give creators permission to access original material by temporarily suspending judgment.

A spiritual teacher once advised students to “work, but let go of the results.”

The free online guide will help you understand what this means. Click on the link. Each set of exercises is short, but they might help you find the work you are to do that nobody else can do–work that is not “like” someone else’s. Sound scary? It is, sort of, but you will astonish yourself.

AllAtOnce.