A short narrative poem by Alyssa Wright about a fictional bike crash.
I watch, cloaked in invisibility, as the
boy straddles the seat.
A look of determination etched on his
face as he pulls up one,
Then two feet into the air onto the propellors.
Push, push, push,
Around, around, around go his legs.
Arms bent at the elbows, hunched back, bottom lifted off the seat.
He flies down the street as a streak,
Figure barely to be seen.
My eyes move ahead, then I turn, throwing off invisibility.
I barely make it outside,
he is heading into…
sprinting to come close enough in proximity
to Warn him of impending doom lurking nearby.
He sees me in his peripheral vision,
pulling up on the reins slightly, slowing his stylish steed to
A mere trot.
I simply motion forward, he scrutinizes the spot,
alarm overwhelming his features as he,
Too, looks into Danger’s cold, dark eyes of cruelty.
He slows even further before stopping his craft.
Danger did not succeed, the
Crash never occurred.
This is a narrative poem I wrote in November 2014. I only made one edit to it. The form is a bit odd, but as far as I recall, it was intentional.
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When something bad happens,
You have to move on,
You have to let the pain fade.
You can’t stand still,
in the melancholy.
But how easy is this,
How easy is it to let the
Sink into the back of your mind?
To deaden the issue?
To dilute the event til
it could have been a dream?
You have to realize
It’ll still be there
You can’t erase it,
But you can gradually move it
Closer to the back of your mind.
Just taking it out of the present
For the time being.
This was originally written November 2013. I made a few changes to that draft.
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It’s been a while
since I sat and wrote,
I got distracted
By all I’d spoke
and all else I was
I neglected this writing
in favor of
my other offered flavors,
And projects more complete.
Not that it was wrong,
but if my art were
my child, I’d be in deep trouble.
I’m lucky my projects
are not literally my children,
for I have too many
to properly care
For them all.
For my portfolio project, I am going to employ a variety of methods to market my poetry collection Inside a Writer’s Head. In my project ideas post, I had three ideas related to this. I want to combine these as best as possible to market my poetry collection in the most effective manner.
By the end of the month I want 500 people to have viewed a page where they can purchase the book or ebook and have sold at least 30 copies.
Write about choosing an organization method and formatting a poetry collection. 2 blog posts. Make a video discussing these two topics. Share the posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Create daily posts featuring short exerpts of poems in the collection or about the same topic. Have a link for the ebook and a link to pre-order a physical copy. Post on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I’m thinking aesthetic text over a nature image or a plain colored background. Interact with anyone who interacts with the posts.
Write about choosing a self-publishing method/tool/service. Make a video to go with it. Share the posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Adjust my approach based on which posts get the most engagement and replicating that.
Continue the daily posts. Get creative based on engagement with posts on the different platforms.
Write a guide to self-publishing ebooks with BookBaby and make a video. Share on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Further adjust based on which posts get the most engagement.
Repeat the daily posts.
Write a guide to self-publishing physical books with BookBaby and make a video. Share on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Final adjustments based on the most engaging posts.
Repeat the daily posts.