Smash Poetry Journal: 125 writing Ideas for Inspiration and Self Exploration — Robert Lee Brewer
A Little History of Poetry — John Carey
Writing for Bliss: A Seven — Step Plan for Telling your Story and Transforming your Life — Diana Raab, PHD
my backpack sits slumped over
from where it was thrown –
coming in from going out –
gathering dust –
and when lockdown was announced
there the backpack remained –
the shoes piled around it,
like loose stones around a rock –
the contents of time suspended –
loose mints, and receipts –
a water bottle, and pens separated
from their lids –
pads and wipes –
lip balm –
a notebook –
and until i remembered
to throw it in the bin –
some days later –
a half-eaten lunch –
i didn’t dare to peel back the foil it was wrapped in.
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Hello. Hope you’re ok.
I spent a good chunk of time trying to find one of my favourite reads from my childhood last week and, after finding it, I went on to find other books that unlocked memories. I was born in 1995, not a time of great diversity in publishing if we’re looking at this list and as for Diary of a Chav <puffs out cheeks> I should mention a lot of these books I read because they were there and I could find them in charity shops or the public library. Trying to read a series of books (in order) proved impossible and I liked authors I knew had other books to read. I found comfort in familiarity.
I might try getting a hold of some of these books and re-reading them. Possibly setting myself up for disappointment.