#WonderFold is a monthly feature that includes a prompt-based writing challenge that emphasizes attention to sensory detail and the little things in life.
INVITATION: All art grows out of paying attention: in sight, sound, scent, taste & touch. You are invited to craft a written response (poetry or prose, 50 words or less) to the images and scene below.
SCENE: Walking through a section of Grant Park in Chicago there is a statue of Abraham Lincoln. He sits alone in a large area; no people were present at the time of these photographs. The sight of skyscrapers and the sounds of busy traffic from Lake Shore Drive are the only clues that this currently desolate park is the playground of 2.7 million people. Looking up, resting a hand on the smooth and cold stone base, one wonders – especially with the current election-year rhetoric – what he’s thinking.
RESPONSE: Combining the sensory information in the scene/photos above with your own experience/imagination, write a short poem or paragraph in response. JS Graustein (Editor in Chief) will select one response to be highlighted on the blog and its author will receive a free chapbook (choice from stock on-hand). Enter your poem/paragraph in the form below no later than 21:00 Eastern on 23 May 2016. The winning response will be announced/posted 30 May 2016, and its author sent a list of chapbooks to choose from.