Annie Dillard warms up for a session of writing by reading the first word of each chapter in a book’s index. Of course, it’s nonsense, but it does get the mind working–trying, as our minds always do, to make sense where no sense exists.
Here is a list of the first word of all the chapters in Anne Lamott’s book, Bird by Bird.
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Your task, should you choose to accept, is to arrange these words into a short poem. Feel free to add up to five extra words.