Written for: Quickly – “Dumpster Dive”
“So here’s your challenge (bet you thought I’d never get to it):
Worry at some of your false starts and et cets, and find 10 lines or line fragments that stand alone (grammar, concept, image, you’ll know it when you see it). Offer them to the world at large, or hoard them like classy chocolates. Makes no nevermind.
TAKE ONE (OR TWO) OF YOUR LINES AND DON’T USE IT/THEM. DO NOT. NO. NUH-HUH.
DO write a poem for which your line could have been the title, or first line (or last). Maybe a synopsis. Write about your line. Write all around it.
BUT DON’T USE THE LINE ITSELF.”
Dancing in a clearing
of woods at twilight.
Flashes of auburn,
strawberry, and flame.
They light the night
like spinning candles.