CAPTURED & FREED

Prompt Against Anxiety #10 | from Milwaukee Poet Laureate Dasha Kelly Hamilton, founder of Still Waters Collective and The Retreat

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1. Clasp your hands together, aligning thumbs and pressing fingertips to fingertips.

2. What is between your hands? Make a list. Write down at least five.

3. Clasp your hands again. 

4. What is beyond your hands? Make a list. Write down twice as many as in the previous list.

5. Set a timer for 2 minutes.

6. Free write your response—journal entry style: During this time, how are the elements or events outside your hands affecting you? Don't stop writing—no matter what comes out—until the timer sounds. Two minutes. Go.

7. Stop.

8. Take a deep breath. Yell. Do not repeat. Get what you need the first time.

9. Take a look at the inventory between your hands. Describe how you will nurture or maintain at least five.

10. Read everything you've just written: the lists, the free write and the descriptions, everything. 

11. Underline 20 phrases and words. Any combination, from anything written on the page. Suggestion: choose the blocks of language waving themselves at your attention. You don't have to know why. Trust it.

12. Arrange those 20 lines of text into a poem.

13. Breathe.

Prompts Against Anxiety is sponsored by Milwaukee Public Library, an anchor institution that helps patrons read, learn, and connect—to our resources and our community. Now more than ever, stay connected, stay home, and stay safe. 
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Embracing ConfusionPrompt #12—Bryon Cherry

Writing/Playing the ArchivePrompt #11—Jay Besemer

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Poetic Exit StrategiesPrompt #9—Ana Božičević

Proyecto ConbífPrompt #8—Erick "CK" Ledesma

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Utopian CompromisePrompt #7—Paul Druecke

A Series of RoomsPrompt #5—Laura Solomon

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An Exercise in WindowsPrompt #2—Marla Sanvick

Erasuring AnxietyPrompt #1—Peter Burzynski

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