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WRITERS PROMPT: The Time Is Now, Week 38 Poets & Writers @poetswritersinc

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 THE TIME IS NOW          SEPTEMBER 22, 2011  

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Welcome to The Time Is Now, your weekly poetry and fiction prompts to keep you writing all year long.   

POETRY PROMPT

Ruminate on the following lines by the Greek poet Aeschylus: "Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget / falls drop by drop upon the heart, / until, in our own despair, / against our will, / comes wisdom / through the awful grace of God."

Use these lines as the epigraph to a poem. Once you've finished the poem, delete the epigraph.  

 
FICTION PROMPT

Read Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" and Wells Towers's story "Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned." Both stories integrate the ancient and the contemporary in surprising and disturbing ways. (For another example read Matthew Sharpe's novel Jamestown [Soft Skull Press, 2007]). Draft a story that does the same thing, blending the past and the present into the fictional elements of plot, setting, dialogue, and character.   

 

THE BEST BOOKS FOR WRITERS

Each week we recommend a book--a newly published title or an invaluable classic--that will help you on your writing journey. This week's pick:

Argument and SongArgument and Song: Sources and Silences in Poetry 
(Handsel Books, 2003) by Stanley Plumly
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