When Lightning Strikes Writers’ Block Alley

Today at dVerse Poets Form for All, Charles wants us to go all Dadaist and use Tristan Tzara’s cut-up lines and random words pulled out of a hat so as to capture that elusive flash of inspiration.  I turned to a poem I had recently been struggling to write and mashing it up (appropriately enough) helped break down my mental barriers.  And I’ve never used spaces much before, so this was additional experimentation. This was fun!

How long before it leaves                  me

was it fevered shock

what if it never strikes again


It came as a gurgle – and turned into hiss


           shook thunder



And when it finally shuddered out loose

it swept all before it               ignored the well-worn

Ah, paths

Ah, old groove!

From near to afar that glisten of new

no mistakes yet to clutter

Cleanse all ye moods

longings adrift

upwind endless to explore



29 thoughts on “When Lightning Strikes Writers’ Block Alley”

  1. upwind endless to explore

    It’s truncated but if read fast it glides smoothly! It provides elements of expectations at the end of day. Nicely Marina!


    1. Thank you! I wasn’t sure if the truncation was going to come across as too artificial, but I’m glad you manage to detect some flow to it.

  2. Marina Sofia – Oh, how every creative! This truly does convey what it feels like to have that flash of inspiration too. Well done

  3. it comes across very uplifting in the end…i like all the sound words throughout…the groan rattle….nice choice in subject…pretty cool to do it to one of your own poems giving it new life….off to cleanse….smiles…

  4. Groan-heaved is such a great word! It is wonderful when lightning lets loose a writer’s block – you give a great sense of the longing and relief. k.

  5. Incredible work–what if it never strikes again??? Every writer’s fear, I think. And that feeling, when it shudders loose and cuts a new path–lovely, inspiring image!

    1. Thanks so much, Ray. I’m very auditive in my poetry – which is why I struggle sometimes with the graphic presentation of it. That’s why I admire those who can do both!

      1. some poets are imagistic, others more auditory. words that crackle, words that murmur and shush, it’s lovely to use sounds in an expressive way. cheers, marinasofia

  6. Loved it, the fear of ‘the block’ well described via dada and then released…dada will definitely remove, ‘The Block”

    1. At some point I was working with a friend on writing a screenplay about the Dadaists in Zurich, and everything I read about them (or by them) made perfect sense, contrary to popular belief. Thank you for visiting, Rhonda.

  7. ha – this grooves and i think it’s a fantastic exercise to let go and get a bit surprised oneself how and what develops…nice..

  8. I think this was a successful use of the dada method. The content comes across very forcefully, your spacing adding various dramatic elements to it. As you see it, would this be something you’d be interested in publishing? I ask because I wonder how you thought the result was?

    1. Gosh, no, I don’t think it would be publishing material – I still like the control thing too much. It’s that old conundrum, isn’t it: how much do you trust inspiration pure, and how much does it need additional work?

  9. To me this seems a poem about discovery- not only in approaching it in a new way but in the wording, especially
    Ah, paths
    Ah, old groove!
    Great Dadaist poetry here. -Mike

    1. Absolutely, it was a great discovery… also about how sometimes it’s nice to let go a little of control in formulating and condensing thoughts into words. Thank you, Mike!

  10. Great stuff! I read it (ignoring the spaces) and it flows beautifully.

    Anna :o]

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