Partly it's the present clutter of my life that has made me realize that many of her poems center on only one or two characters. They are spacious, even when they are tiny. Her poem "The Sandy Hole" is a four-line version of Frost's "Home Burial." Four lines. I was overwhelmed.
Because Carlene, at least, seems interested in my college-essay prompts, here's the assignment I gave my son yesterday.
College Essay Exercise #2
1. Using your list of starred words as prompts, write 5 sentences that focus primarily on the story of the event.
2. Using your list of circled words as prompts, write 5 sentences that focus primarily on your own reactions, feelings, experiences during and after the event.
The sentences do not need to connect logically, nor do the two parts of the exercise need to be linked. Your goal is simply to start expanding your initial word impulses into more detailed sentences.
Today's prompt will probably lead him into building a narrative structure for his forthcoming first draft.