I love the mess left behind after this work.
I rarely throw the scraps away. When doing this work (which is very controlled: remember, my overarching rule is to use only these two magazines) the value of sentences, fonts, colors, and words—even letters—is greatly increased.
I call this, the economy of words. Some day, I will deplete all of the words in these two magazines—will I? When will I find the last appearance of a word? The last ampersand, the last controversy, the last love?
The other day, I was looking for the word, “GHOST,” and I could not find it. I really needed the word. I looked and looked. Finally, I found ghostly in a very small italic font, which is absolutely close enough, but it freaked me out: no more ghosts in these magazines. The last ghost.
I will probably write more about this, later. For now, consider the economy of words in your writing. They are the one thing we as writers feel are limitless: you get all the words you can type. But, what if? What if we didn’t?
Prompt / Rules: The Last Ghost
- Call to mind a word that you would really like to use. Are you willing to look through a magazine until you find it? What will you do if you can’t find it?
(Hint: you can probably find the letters needed to make the word yourself.)
- Your poem will be an ode to your word.
- How many words do you need? Today, you get 5 words for a title and 20 words for a poem. Four lines, 5 words per line.
- No word can be repeated twice.
Here is an extra picture of an abandoned car found on a hike. I feel like it is a pretty good counterpart to this collage. Look at the rust. The plants growing out of the trunk. The beautiful decay into nature.