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What did you write in your notebook this morning?
April is poetry month and it has been on my mind.
Every day I receive many poems to my inbox. I read some of them quickly and some I savor.
Today, the poem I read was How Many Lives Have We Lived in Paris? by Cyrus Cassells
As I read the poem I thought about identities lived throughout your life.
There is a structure with the poem where the phrase “The life of…”, then a verb with -ing, and then there is description of the life. The end of the poem is mostly one liners with asterisks in between.
I used this poem as a mentor text and guide and wrote my own in my notebook.
I started with “The life of..” and then did a freewrite about whatever came up. I was transported back to college and the first residence hall room I lived in. The new to me clean space that was a sickening beige color. It was the perfect palette to create this new life and identity for myself.
One of the lines I was drawn to is, “On a raucous kids’ carousel:/Its red gold undignified Sundays-“
I noticed lots of objects in the poem as well and tried to think of the objects connected to the identities I was writing about.
I then started to make a list of all the identities I have had over my life.
It is still a draft of course but a practice I love to engage in often.
I do not always start my mornings with reading first. I often start with the dream recollection I have. Today I did both.