Tritinas:  some good things come in threes

Some of us are participating in Rowan’s December Poetry Slam by writing tritinas for this week’s fiction|poetry grid. (If you want to play along, just hop over to the yeah write coffeehouse for details.) I’ve written one tritina in my life, prompted by Rowan, and I admit to sweating out a few lines. Trying to wring meaning out of three words, which must end each line in a particular pattern, is vexing. Even though the tritina doesn’t need to rhyme, the rules are strict enough to force you to write in a box. Why bother? When you are constrained, your creative muscle is required to work harder, make connections where none seems to appear, all while building a narrative that makes sense to the reader. Just like any other kind of exercise, it makes you more resilient, leaner and stronger. If you’re looking for a rigorous workout, please join us!

You don’t have to write a tritina to join this week’s fiction|poetry grid though. As we do every week, we’re looking for your best stories and poems — and if you need a little help finding that gem in yourself, you are welcome to use this week’s optional prompt:

Where did you find it?

This prompt is to serve as your inspiration for your fiction or poetry. Use the question, word for word, in your story or poem, or just answer the question. Take the prompt in an unusual direction. Did you find it on the beach or in your veins? Were you even looking for it? If you already have a story or poem idea, no worries. The prompt is only there if you need it.

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