Wednesday, April 29, 2015

25 Edge Hill Poets: Leigh Harlett

Partners in Crime


Start with a single line / a phrase / a concept / a sequence. Ruminate on this beginning, on this initial thought, while travelling: walking, ambling, train-riding, bus-sitting. And begin. Minimalise capital letters and punctuation - this is stream-of-consciousness writing. No line breaks nor stanzas; let it flow as a paragraph of strung-together notions. Once done, align: justify. Now experiment with the page margins, centimetre by centimetre - compress the words, until it's small and neat and regular. Clear-cut, the breaks are created unnaturally, simply because the words are forced to spill over onto the next line. And so, a 'Thoughtbox' is created.

Leigh Harlett