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how to write at 3:15am: a 3:15 poem about doing the 3:15 experiment

August 2, 2008

3:15am Weds Aug 10, 2005

this writing practice
in the middle of the
night
at 315
is a lesson in
impulse

this is not a time to
think so hard but of
first thoughts not
thoughts on thoughts

at 315 in the morning
you’re too sleepy to
bother to do anything
else–and if you
do think too hard
casting about your mind
searching for something
to write about
rejecting this idea and that

you will be up for
too long
you will never get
any sleep

you will never
catch any poems
either

I am doing the 3:15 experiment again this August; for more details or to join go here

I will be posting 3:15 poems form past years, especially those which pertain to doing the 3:15 experiment in the hopes that I can convince you to join me!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 2, 2008 9:13 pm

    This is cool — a poem about the way the situation is dictating the poem. There’s a zen sense about it.

  2. August 3, 2008 2:28 am

    That is cool and controlled. This is will be interesting as you have done the experiment before. I am betting they get wilder as you go on and the effect accumulates.

  3. August 3, 2008 6:47 pm

    that would be the sleepless effect..and it does accumulate. it’s hard to stick with the experiment the whole month

    yes nathan, about the zen sense, i’m referring to buddhist and writing teacher natalie goldberg who tells us in writing practice that it’s staying with our first thoughts not getting caught up in thoughts on thoughts

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