Amaya at dVerse gave us an interesting challenge tonight—to select two quotes, each from a different book, and use them as the first and final lines of a poem— in other words ‘bridge the gap’.
there, from spitting on the sidewalk
to chewing gum in class
from picking peas off her plate
to treading on the parlour carpet
from cycling down to the creek
to sassing her superiors
loomed a forbidden world
once alive with wonder
now a flattened minefield—
she felt crushed
as a gleaming metal sheet being
forced into a furnace
Our choice of quotes could be intentional or random. I took the random route and used lines from page 111 of each book.
The first quote is: “there, from spitting on the sidewalk to chewing gum in class” from Precious Cargo by Craig Davidson.
The final line of the poem is derived from “the way a sheet of metal might be forced into a furnace”, found in The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert.