Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The Butterfly Hours Memoir Project: STUDIO

For 2019 I'm running a year-long series on my blog in which I share my responses to the writing assignment prompts found in THE BUTTERLY HOURS by Patty Dann.

I welcome you to join me, if you like! I've divided the prompts by month, and the plan is to respond to 3 (or so) a week. For some of these I may write poems, for others prose. The important thing is to mine my memory. Who knows where this exploration will lead?

For links to the prompts I've written on so far this year, please click on The Butterfly Hours tab above.

This month's prompts are straws, studio, stuffed animal, summer job, tattoos, telephone, tennis court, test, theater.


I've written before about my own studio – the Purple Horse Poetry Studio and Music Room. I chose “studio” (over “study” or “library” or “office” or any other name) because I identify as an artist first. Here's a quick poem:

If You Want to Know My Heart, Come Inside My Studio

one chamber:
four walls to hold
eighty-eight piano keys
five cello strings

two dozen shelves
fat with books
and hungry for more
more more

a hodgepodge gallery
of watercolor, collage,
pen and ink
the exact same scent
as woodsmoke

its heartbeat,
a window
carrying inside
tree   mountain
bluebird    lake

one light, pulsing
and strung
with yellow-edged
pictures of 
loved-ones' faces

door taped over
with Dear __ greetings

two roomy closets
where poems tuck
themselves between
quilts   paint
ribbon    thread

the air aswirl
with dreams
made red with words –

some silent
and true as stars,
others slipping
whispering, still:

beneath the door.

- Irene Latham


  1. I love the details, and this "the air aswirl/with dreams/made red with words –". Breathe deeply there, right?

  2. This is wonderfull, Irene. I love those hungry book shelves and the "air aswirl/with dreams."

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