Use this technique to create a poem from your subconscious writing fragments
In my last post, I wrote about a writing practice that I was using to try to generate material for poems, essays, and even memoir. If you joined me in my quest to write from the subconscious, you may be accumulating some wild pages of words by now. So I’m going to give you the next step in the practice.
When you have about 10 or 12 pages, pull them out of the drawer and read them. Highlight, underline, or circle anything that looks interesting, tugs at your chest, pings your brain, or just seems downright weird. You’ll find some material that is boring, odd, and exciting. You’ll likely not even remember writing it.
Next, on a separate piece of paper or entry in your computer, note the words, phrases and sentences that you highlighted. Number them, allowing space to write or type on the page.
On this new page, again highlight or circle anything that grabs you. Note them on another piece of paper and number them. Be even more brutal about whittling out the odd, fresh, juicy parts. Consider what these bits and pieces are telling you. By now, you probably have less than a page of sentence fragments. You may start to see patterns and relationships with the numbered words and sentences. You might spot a title for a poem or phrases that remind you of something or spark an idea. Arrange the fragments that go together into a poem. Keep working on it. Add, blend, chop.
You just may have come up with something you weren’t counting on, but something good.