Friday Writing Prompts

A Writing Prompt from Patty Crane, Translator of Bright Scythe

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This week's prompt comes from Patty Crane, translator of Bright Scythe.


Find a poem written in a foreign language that you don’t understand. If it’s accompanied by an English translation, don’t read that just yet. Read the foreign poem several times, aloud, using your imagination to sound out the words and rhythm until they begin to evoke for you some kind of meaning or sense. Now write a poem which, line by line, mirrors that rhythm and sense. Then you can read the translation of the poem to see where that might take you.

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