Autumn Journal

Autumn Journal was an exercise written to explore poetry as process; A way to explore my locations and emotions in a three week period around the start of Autumn. Many decisions were made ahead of time; I find it interesting to hear other's process around this and so here's what they were:

  1. Write it at the end of the day, just before or just after going to bed.
  2. Write about time spent outside during that day.
  3. aim for brevity and use short lines.
  4. keep to about 21 lines.
  5. Don't think too much about it. Treat it as practice rather than performance.

I want to acknowledge as inspiration The Narrow Road To The Deep North by Matsuo Bashō, the writing of Kate Camp and my brother's prodigious journal. I also want to acknowledge Kāi Tahu and Kāti Māmoe, the tākata whenua of the land I live off and have written around.

Please do get in touch with any feedback at gilesbgraham+poetry(at)gmail(dot)com