Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Creative Writing Prompts Inspired by Valzhyna Mort
I think the poet Valzhyna Mort from Belarus (the former Soviet Union) is pretty incredible. I would like to "share" this video of her poem "New York" which gives an awesome perspective of the city. I think the last two lines of the poem are incredible, and here is the text if you would like to read it. Notice how she plays with the theme of a magician throughout the poem.
For today's writing prompts, we have two choices.
Choice 1: Review the video two or three times and write a reaction to the video. You can do this in a casual style, writing what you like or don't like about it. Did any line or illustration particularly strike you? Why or why not? You can also do this in a review-like format with a more formal voice. Writing about other writing (and visual art in this case) is good writing practice, and you tend to become a little more aware of things when you critique other work in detail.
Choice 2: Pick a city or small town and write a description about it going for 5 minutes without stopping. You can then make this into a story, or you can do this via a poem with 25 lines or less. Try mimicking Mort's style, but with your own words. For example, Mort plays with a magician theme, so is a theme you can use to write about your place?
Let me know what you think of the video. I really appreciate the comments you have been leaving.
If you haven't read much by this poet, I highly recommend her.