#WonderFold is a monthly feature that includes a prompt-based writing challenge one month, followed by the publication of a winning response the next month.
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 image and scene below:
SCENE: Children were laughing and pounding on the plexiglass. One small toddler, strapped in a stroller, kept throwing his sippy cup while his father mindlessly returned it over and over again. A young mother, resting her palms on her pregnant belly, was sitting alone on a bench watching her daughter whose hands were pressed open across the viewing window. The little girl kept saying, “Look at the orange monkey, mommy, look at the orange monkey!” A musty smell kept people from lingering too long and the crowd seemed to change every minute and yet was continuously large. The movement of the orangutan was limited to the opening and closing of his eyes.
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 9 March 2017. The winning response will be announced/posted 16 March 2017, and its author sent a list of chapbooks to choose from.