28 October 2011


I'm three weeks into attending the Writer's Studio Amsterdam. It would be an understatement to say that I love it. Each week, we write about 500 words with the goal of emulating a particular narrative voice. It's just a sample of writing. It is not meant to be a finished or titled, though what we imitate is a published piece of fiction or poetry. This week's assignment is based on Barbara Hamby's "Ode to the Lost Luggage Warehouse at the Rome Airport."

I realize now that I'm a big fan of the "Ode." Wikipedia describes it as "an elaborately structured poem praising or glorifying an event or individual." I may not be a poet, but I now realize that on this blog, I often turn to the Ode in substance if not in form.

What should I write about this week? There are so many choices! Going back to the BbB archives leaves me with lots of inspiration:

Ode to the man with bad breath.

Ode to the nude Dutch sauna.

Ode to the writing.

Ode to the cheese grater.

Ode to the A4 traffic jam.

Ode to Preikestolen.

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s very difficult not give an Ode a title.

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