Wednesdays are all about reading!
One of the ways I became a better writer was to use Ray Bradbury’s advice of reading a poem, a short story, and an essay every day for 1,000 nights.
I did this practice daily for a long while but not revisit and share it with others.
For St Patrick’s Day today I thought I would share some favorites for you to read!
General things you can do with the text:
- Just read.
- Write down lines that you are drawn to.
- Write out a whole section word for word to get the feel of the author’s words.
- Write and start with the sentence stem: This piece reminds me of…
- Read the piece out loud to hear the author’s voice and rhythm.
This poem was brought to my attention on Sunday by my friend at https://jumpofffindwings.wordpress.com/
The imagery is odd and delightful. It is playful as I read it and one I will use to inspire my own writing
Short Story: Meeting Someone Once for Five Seconds
I love the structure of this piece and it can be easily imitated. It is a story that stays with you and has you looking at the people you see around you in a different way.
[Bonus rec: My piece is published in this same publication. If you would like to read it you can click HERE. *Explicit]
How do you feel about vanishing things?
Sabrina is a poet who also writes essays for the Paris Review about fairytale-esque topics. I love her work and hope you enjoy this essay. It reminds of things that we lose and cannot find and how that connects to fairy tales…or not depending on your perspective.