Joel Katelnikoff created today's impromptu at FPR.
Love What You HateIn this technological era of direct textual manipulation, we must always acknowledge our own agency as readers. If we hate a text, we may no longer blame the text. Instead, evaluate the text with a particular eye for discovering, within it, that which you can love. Because the thing has not failed you. Rather, you have failed.
The one book I have loathed for many a year is Ernest Hemingway's, The Old Man and the Sea. I had to study this novella for 2 years for my English O-level (I managed an A grade) and I found it mind-numbingly boring. Either way I have read the instructions and obeyed and here is my poem:
Lions on the Beach
The sweet blood smell
whore, you are killing me,
you have a right to
your clicking, thrusting all-swallowing jaws
struck like a whiplash
as I dreamed of the lions on the beach
A man is not made for defeat
Make a dream you’ve killed a man
Or dream about the lions on the beach.
A writer - I think that says it all.