Thursday, December 20, 2007


1. An adobe wall.
2, A Harris tweed jacket.
3. A piece of rye bread.
4. A gravelly path.
5. A hawk's wing.
6. The back of my hand.
7. An orange peel.
8. Sally's coat.
9. A barn door.
10. A rusted nail.
11. A sycamore leaf.
12. The writing of Joan Didion.
13. And this hope for my own writing.


Anonymous said...

No surprise that Sally's coat came in at number 8.

Lee's River/Zlatovyek said...

After dropping by Lori Witzel's Book of Hours project, I couldn't help wondering what she would make of this list, visually speaking.
I suscribe to item 13 as the best mantra devised for all writers.

Pod said...

i love this idea, and your list. especially 3 and 6

Lori Witzel said...

Damn, what a fine list. I could feel much of it in my fingertips as I read. And I still smell that orange peel.

That's the beauty of a good writer's skill, taking those simple alpha-codes and evoking something so vivid it floods the reader's mind and solar plexus with kinesthetic joy.

Thanks, I've now got some juice to pursue more beauty on a fresh new Friday day off from work! (Also, thanks for the net that connected me to lr/z -- she's stopped by and has been lots of fun!)

TIV: the individual voice said...

I'd say the best list yet. But I say that after each of your lists that I read.