Friday, November 7, 2014

'To write about commonplace things'*

Well, at least it's not on the refrigerator

Spot color

on the windowsill
puddle of blood
a spy
come in from the cold

Hey now. Close.

This whole city's black and white / Tell me what is your color. / Could it be the same as mine? / Faded greens and blue street lights, / There's a red fire burning / From the sea up to the sky.

*Ray Carver quote: “It's possible, in a poem or short story, to write about commonplace things and objects using commonplace but precise language, and to endow those things—a chair, a window curtain, a fork, a stone, a woman's earring—with immense, even startling power.” 

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