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This was today's prompt from Brian Oliu:
'Set aside about twenty minutes of your day with the intention of “doing research” for a piece. Do not allow yourself to write about anything that you do not experience firsthand: if you are writing about the feel of water, or the taste of an orange, run your hand underneath the sink or get to the supermarket as soon as possible. Allow yourself to be immersed in your project & only trust “first hand research” instead of cobbling things together from various sources/the Internet–it will be there later for second drafts. If you are writing about a scene in a movie, watch that scene. If you are writing about a trip that you took, try your best to replicate that trip to the best of your abilities. Take notes, but don’t let the notes dictate your experience. After you have concluded your “research” begin writing immediately & without prejudice–don’t stop, don’t worry about linebreaks or punctuation, or word choice: capture whatever fleeting magic you have conjured until the feeling is gone.'
I came late to this prompt so 20 mins was a bit of an ask in an very full day; I worked around it by basing my poem on part of a lesson when I was supporting a new student in class.
I do not know this student
As I translate teacher speak
Into something he can understand
Against a backdrop of loud music,
Chatter and table-top drumming
We watch each other,
He, wary at first, I worrying
Trying to assess if my efforts
Have been sufficient
But he smiles and writes
And I have my answer
A writer - I think that says it all.