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Magnetic Poetry 365:1

January 1st, 2011 (11:40 pm)



From 1998 to 2004, I'd occasionally pull a handful of magnetic words from my silver poetry box or this refrigerator magnet game, and a few friends and I would each write poems using those words. We could use as many or as few of the words as we wanted, but we couldn't add any words. I kept the poems in this journal; I don't know how brilliant the poems are, but I do know that there are occasional word combinations that evoke vivid imagery or would make excellent titles for stories or songs.

In 2010, I wrote almost nothing beyond what's in my LiveJournal. I did a lot of other creative things--designing, painting, sketching, sewing--but I'm a writer, and I miss putting words together, playing with them, creating with them.

Inspired by artist Gilbert Ruiz's Draw365 and Austin Kleon's Newspaper Blackout Poetry, I've decided to pull words every day for a year and create a poem from them. Good, bad, boring--doesn't matter. I just need to start using my writing cells again. And if you've a mind to, feel free to use the words I pull to create your own poems.

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