Thursday, August 20, 2009


Hey all,

The first of my how-to poems have seen the light of day, specifically in Guelph art-lit mag Carousel.

How to Sew a Button (for an early draft, click here) was one of my earliest attempts at the how-to excercize, which I developed for my Creative Retirement Manitoba workshop last year.

To sum: pick a semi-ridiculous how-to from the list over at wiki-How. Read it over thoroughly then put it down. Sit for 30 minutes to an hour. Write a poem with the title of your how-to, without consulting the how-to. Repeat.

I've got a good chunk of these poems now, but the tone/content has veered wildly, from satiric imperative poems to historical character-based poems...

I'm grateful for all the poems I've wound up with this way but must admit to liking the humourous ones best. Partly because when I read it/them at Sage Hill, everyone laughed uproariously but also partly because its a different register for me, poetically, and incorporates some of my everyday smart-ass-ery.

Anyways, I'm glad Carousel bit. It's a pretty nifty mag.

The issue should be on the shelves in September.


Brenda Schmidt said...

Yay! Congrats, A.

Ariel Gordon said...

Thanks, ever-vigilant(e) B.