The Art of Randomness-June 27, 2022

I am currently reading the memoir, Girl in a Band, by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. I’m currently about halfway through the book. In one chapter she recounts the early days of Sonic Youth–writing songs and starting to perform. In some of the band’s first songs, Gordon says that the members of the band all wrote down random lyrics and she “cherry-picked” some from the list, which she goes onto say is a method of working she still uses. Critics praises the lyrics and how “meaningful [they] were, not realizing how randomly they came about in the first place.”

For today’s prompt, channel Kim Gordon and put together some random lines (either from your own writing or you can pull from others) into a poem, song, or piece of prose. See where the art of randomness takes you.

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