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I lead a writing workshop last Sunday and tried a new (to me) technique – a take on a redacted poem. Basically, this involves scanning a piece of existing text (in my case a short story I’d just written in response to another prompt) and crossing out all the words you don’t want to use, leaving the odd word or phrase here or there, standing out, without changing the words or their order, but just picking and choosing a very few…to make a poem. And this is what I got. Enjoy:-)

Leaving beauty

the whistle of the wind

stopped and started

and changed rhythm


the pathway before you

veins of the earth



the beat of my heart

finds the silence and stillness within –

my soul’s invitation –

what is it you wish to change?

You can find more examples, and explanations of this technique at the following links: