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Matthew Sweeney's Poetry Workshop

I've decided to take on Rob Mackenzie's challenge of writing a dramatic poem a day for the next ten days that starts with a line from a W.S.Graham poem, from a list that Matthew Sweeney has chosen as his writing exercise for this month's Guardian Unlimited poetry workshop. The lines are as follows:

Imagine a forest

I leave this at your ear for when you wake

Whatever you've come here to get

Shut up, shut up. There's nobody here.

Meanwhile surely there must be something to say

I called today, Peter, and you were away.

This morning I am ready if you are

Gently disintegrate me

Just for the sake of recovering

I have my yellow boots on to walk


Above, then, is my first attempt, using the starting line 'Imagine a forest'. You can keep tabs on Rob's poems on his blog, Surroundings.

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