Writing is often seen as a lonely solitary art from. But not here in The Destination: Detour CoLaboratory. The CoLab is where we create works in a live, active, conversational way. It’s a different approach to writing that throws out the dusty idea that writers have to be secluded and alone to create.
This time around we got a bit inspired by this painting by Erie Artist, Kirsten Bole,:and we just got on a roll. The end result was this:
Shawn King and JM Romig
The waitress here looks more like the idea of a waitress.
like the idea of alcohol – of spirits.
The smoke, ephemeral
leaving behind nothing
but tasteless, odorless, ideas of filling space
with something that used to be,
potential that could not be.
Emaciated ghosts of ideas, trudge through
the smoke, like the faces of our ancestors
whose feet are blackened from traveling
this rutted, ruined path.
As I wait, the idea of a clock
quietly pushes back the future, my fate
fingered on a steamed window,
The Leaf promises
to end my pedestrian existence.
Here so many of my grand ideas have come,
and here they have perished.
Tonight this has
to end. My life
long wasted dreams.
This rusted rouge world, promising me
a space where my aspirations could flourish,
my goals could mate with my dreams.
But all that has come is waiting.
I fear that waiting is all that will come.
This unfinished novel,
this extended pause
an eternalized moment
this line break
…a slow-burning Leaf
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The music you hear in this video is “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie used under Creative Commons.