By Alexus Lee
“The Corpse” is a found poem based on The Metamorphosis.
without a word Leave at once! following gleeful figures. And emerged dreams. Journey afraid, eyes bowed in silence. Three left for warm sunshine. Quieter in the corpse room now fully light. Flat and dry without looking back appeared a certain softness. They passed the corpse, giggling amiably, sorrow bloomed a pretty girl. Closer, a confirmation. Let us go! They deserved a respite from work. The shut door, Forgotten. Opened morning fresh air They left him frightful, a burden, seen to all. And departed the body. They discussed the jobs they had got, prospects for their future, a good husband for her, and better things. All, without looking back at The corpse.
Girls Write Now On the Other Side of Everything: The 2023 Anthology
Do you know what it’s like to communicate with your family across a salty ocean’s divide? Do you want the sun and moon to enter your home with stories written in embers? Do you seek voices that will punctuate the darkness? Welcome to the other side of everything. It’s the other side of silence, the other side of childhood, the other side of hate, the other side of indifference, it’s the other side of sides, where the binary breaks down. It’s a new paradigm, a destination, a different perspective, a mindset, a state of openness, the space between the endless folds in your forehead, hopes for tomorrow, and reflections on the past. This anthology of diverse voices is an everything bagel of literary genres and love songs, secrets whispered in the dark of night, conversations held with ancestors under the sea.
The process to write this piece was fairly simple. I started by finding key words I found unique and interesting from the text and then I used filler words to produce a story.