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.
Taking Root: The Girls Write Now 2022 Anthology
For more than two years, our young writers have weathered an adolescence shaped by an ongoing global pandemic. But a harsh climate can also produce work of rare depth, complexity, nuance and humor. The Girls Write Now mentees in this collection have found new ways to build community and take root. This anthology is a catalog of seeds—each young writer cultivating a shimmering, emergent voice. In short stories, personal essays, poetry, and more, they reflect on life-altering topics like heartbreak, self-care and friendship. The result is a stunning book with global relevance of all this generation has endured and transformed.
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.