by Darlene Pagán
Dorianne Laux uses literal facts about the moon to tell a story about the relationship between the moon and the earth that ends with a disturbing and beautiful image of a mother’s relationship to a wayward son. You can hear her read the poem, “Facts About the Moon,” here.
For your prompt, spend a little time digging into a subject you might know little or nothing about. Search “facts about __” and fill in the blank with whatever interests you to start writing. If you’ve been interested in telling a family story about Christmas, type in “Facts about Christmas Trees.” Maybe you don’t have a particular story in mind and in that case anything is open to you, facts about the sun, the tide, the town ferrier, or sexing chicks (where you are hired to determine the sex of chicks for sale, really).
That beautiful image of the moon comes from VoiceCatcher artist Bettie Denny. You can read all about her work in this month’s artist feature.