Runaway Corpse Has Been Found

E. Corpse courtesy of Kyra Starr

Our last Exquisite Corpse had a record breaking 20 submissions… and then life pushed the poor thing off the rails. I’ve searched the ditches and found our friend. He’s been dusted off, had a few bits sewn back on and he says he’s ready to come back to play.

We last saw our corpse back in July with the community built poem titled “Revolting.” You can see that poem here. The next prompt given was “heat” and then our corpse went AWOL. Lucky for us, there were enough lines already submitted to finish the poem when he was found.

This poem came together easily, but it was Stephanie Ellis’ line that really pulled the whole thing together and gave it some dark humor. This is definitely a poem older women can relate to—I think our corpse may have a grandma or two stitched in there somewhere.

Now that our corpse is back to work, we are ready for new lines to be submitted. Just submit through the form at the bottom of the exquisite corpse page here. The newest community poem, “In Flammation,” will be posted there as well very soon.

The new prompt for November is kinship. I’ll accept your line of poetry from now until Thanksgiving, Nov. 28. Exquisite Corpse will be posted on November 30.

Image created by Angela Yuriko Smith from images by RedHeadsRule and Free-Photos on Pixabay

FYI: What is an Exquisite Corpse?
An exquisite corpse poem is created by different people giving a line unrelated to the previous line. A poem is built from many authors, following the same rule or theme. In this case, there are no rules but it is a line, so no paragraphs please. You can read more about them here.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, author, and publisher with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She is a Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020. She co-publishes Space and Time, a publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction since 1966. Join the community at
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1 Response to Runaway Corpse Has Been Found

  1. Alyson Faye says:

    Tribal we hunch; shoulders against the outsider – DNA United

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