#NaNoWriMo & #NovPAD Day 7: A Healthy Ruin

Tied Within the Egg by Maria L. Berg 2021

Yesterday, I looked ahead at week ten of ModPo and was inspired by the work of Erica Baum. Specifically her collection “Dog Ear.” I’ve complained in the past how surprised I am that almost every book I get from the library has dog-eared pages. Who would do that? How hard is it to use a bookmark? However, I was fascinated by how Baum saw the combinations of words from the folded corner of a page and the next page as poetry. I dog-eared one page in my copy of Ken Follett’s Eye of the Needle (affiliate link) and felt like I had done something terrible. But then I remembered all the literary magazines I have. It didn’t feel bad at all to “ruin” a copy of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (affiliate link) in the name of poetry.

Varialalia by Maria L. Berg 2021

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

The prompt is to write a health poem. I thought it would be fun to type a poem from the lines from lines that have to do with “health” from my folds.

Live Fast: Die Young

Corinne feels tempted
and then there’s the kids
who leave her younger
sister with gunshot wounds . . .
and go upstairs
and falling off their clothes
trying their old room,
but then to run a line
and you inside of her,
know previous gunshot
going to be their shut.
Hard to do here in the old
and consider lost count, or
and Dad thing like
they whelming each
in the off

Corinne by Maria L. Berg 2021


I had a lot of fun dog-earing those pages. Now to find some motivation for my novel. I checked out How to Write a Damn Good Mystery (affiliate link) by James N. Frey from the library. I think I’ll read that for a while and see if that gets me going.

When Painted Emerald by Maria L. Berg 2021

November Daily Prompts by Maria L. Berg 2021 Please leave your links in the comments. I hope you will join me.

Happy Reading and Writing!