Ladies of Horror came up for me as we are in the middle of an apartment move this month. Nina had to track me down for it. Surrounded by chaos and boxes, my mind was a flat blank as I looked at my photo prompt a day or two after deadline… and then a contributor line for this month’s exquisite corpse chimed in my email.
“That’s what this photo is,” I thought. “An exquisite corpse.” Inspiration strikes the brain and then the fingers strike the keyboard… and this poem, titled “Exquisite Corpse,” of course, was born.
As fast as it came into the world, it is one of my favorites (of my own work) to date. Call me weird, but I love the idea of a sensuous corpse and will be working with this idea more. In my mind, this strange relationship continues to develop and will result in at least a short story.
And this, ladies and gents, is why prompts and groups like Ladies of Horror are so useful for creativity. One photo plus one rushed writing job equals surprising inspiration. I won’t repost the poem here, but please, visit Nina D’Arcangela’s Spreading the Writer’s Word blog and let me know what you think.
by Angela Yuriko Smith