Yes, my friends, it has happened again: another creative writing class with the indomitable K.O., another chapbook assignment. My plan was to be lazy and make a very small book (1/8 of a sheet of paper, to be exact) and use one very short poem. However, K.O found out that I hadn’t been writing every day like I was supposed to be, and she threatened to murder me. I have that in writing. I may frame it. So in the interest of keeping K.O. out of the slammer I decided to put more into my chapbook.
I ended up using the poem and two other short nonfiction pieces I already had. All three have a female-centric thread in common, so I titled the chapbook Girl. The cover is from a pack of blank greeting cards I found in the discount bin at Michael’s for a penny! Scooooore!
And just for future reference, a small book does not mean less work. It was more work, and I still didn’t get it right: I simply got it to a good this-will-have-to-do point and let it go.
Self-Possession came from an assignment to take two existing pieces, cut them up, and rearrange them into a poem. I used a quiz from Cosmo magazine called Do You Rely Too Much On Your Friends? with a horror story Andrew wrote. He’s a pretty good writer, that kid.
School Portrait is a true story, about my fifth grade school picture. I was so upset the first time I saw it that I refused to take pictures in sixth grade. Every time I looked at it as a teenager, it made me cry. When I felt grown-up and secure enough to face down that demon, I discovered that not only was the picture not so bad, but I looked exactly the same! Major epiphany!
To Be A Prune has already made its way to this blog. It’s still one of my favorites.