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Here are two writing prompts inspired by my reading of Jamaica Kincaid’s At the Bottom of the River. This rare image is from the cover of her first Aventura Edition (1985) that I’ve enjoyed since college. It is a book of stories by a woman of color about “a childhood in the Caribbean.” I hope you enjoy this cover image–as my old copy can be difficult to find these days.
1) Walk through your current home or imagine walking in a former home from some point in your childhood or adult life. Allow some of the “things” in the house or apartment to have a voice. Listen and write down what they say. Examples might include:
- a piece of furniture such as the kitchen table or bed or rocking chair
- a particular part of a room such as an alcove, closet or threshold
- a window or door
- a deck of cards, child’s toy, or item from the medicine cabinet
- a teacup, picture on a wall, hair brush, hammer or thimble
"Spill" for 15 minutes! For those who are new to Write Like a River, this means to write without stopping, erasing, proofreading or censoring. Then, read what you've written out loud for yourself and yourself alone.
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