Throwing Stones

I like the idea of ‘throwing’ a poem in the way you’d throw a pot, in pottery. I feel like the way I write now is to throw a lot of words onto the page, then work into them to sculpt a story or poem. I used to write very slowly, agonise over every word and edit as I went, but gradually I’ve trained myself into getting ideas down more quickly.

As I promised myself, I’ve been making more effort to write small stones (short, in-the-moment poems). Here are a couple I wrote in the last few days:

Car journeys

On long drives

we always looked out for windmills,

squatting on hillsides: voiceless sails poised

to catch a breeze.

Perhaps it was that silence

that made them so curious.

Bedtime Story

I love

the slow torporous rhythm

of being read to sleep.


About sarahgracelogan

Sarah Grace is an itinerant scribbler and general layabout. She runs a writing group called CAKE.shortandsweet, because any form of procrastination from actual writing is always attractive to the serious author of refined taste. When not distracted by laser pens, Sarah Grace writes novels, short stories and flash fiction, poetry, stage scripts and screenplays. She has performed her work at Stirred Poetry, Bad Language and Tongue in Cheek Manchester. Her first publication, Humping the Boonies is a self-published chapbook available directly from the author, or from Travelling Man, Manchester. You can find more details about her ongoing projects, not to mention a selection of free stories up for grabs right here on her blog. She also likes to talk about theatre, film, books, photography, and especially games and other things that involve collaborative storytelling. Sarah Grace likes feedback, in whatever form it comes.

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