A couple of days ago, I got a strange request from the woman working with my publisher who is responsible for developing a publicity kit to help with the sales of my novel, Winter is Past. She asked me to provide her with a quote from me about me. That is to say, “Victoria, on Victoria…”
A weird coincidence, indeed, in that, each morning as I do my exercises, I listen to a CD from The Teaching Company–an online resource that offers college courses by well-respected professors on every topic you can imagine. Currently, I’m studying a course: How to Read and Understand Poetry by Professor Willard Spiegelman of Southern Methodist University.
In the lecture I had just heard, Spiegelman, in discussing free verse, had turned his attention to Walt Whitman who was at the head of the free verse revolution in America. Perhaps you will recall his rather lengthy poem, Song of Myself, in which he sings and celebrates his own being. Here is the opening stanza:
“I celebrate myself and sing myself,
And what I shall assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you…”
For today’s prompt, I challenge you to write, whether in poetry or prose, a song of yourself. Share a bit of who you are as a gift to all of us.
To participate, write your poem or prose, post it on your blog, copy and paste the direct URL to the Mr. Linky thingamajig at the bottom of this page. Take a few moment to visit other participants and comment on their work as well…especially those who have taken time to do the same for you. Have fun, and don’t be afraid to show your stuff.