Jane Hirshfield has a delightful poem called “I Ran Out Naked in the Sun.”
The poem’s title is actually (also) the first line. It immediately pulls the reader into the action of the poem; this creates a pacing she draws out until the very last line. Write your own piece of daring, Whether you begin “I Ran Out Naked…” or whether you begin in a completely different place, i.e., “I Dove Down in Murky Water…” It may be a poem or prose, fiction or nonfiction. Begin with action and daring and see where you land. If you feel more comfortable in third person (for example, “She Leaps Nude…”) — well, go for it.
From Darlene Pagán, VoiceCatcher4 and VoiceCatcher Newsletter contributor.
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