What Would Your Magic Apple Do?


Here’s our collaborative poem (the one everybody in the group contributes a line for), and I’ll post some of their individual poems in the days to come:



My Magic Apple

would be an exploding apple
would have the power to make people do what I say
would take me back in time to fix my mistakes
would make me cupcakes
would turn people to stone
would make boys disappear
would make my sister do my chores
would be spikey so no one could steal it!
would turn me into a robot and I’d do the robot dance
would make someone want to buy me a guine pig
would make the principal have a book fair that lasts 10 years
would weigh 1 pound and turn a person into a girl
would make everyone say Yes!
would turn my brother into a rainbow color
would always come back to me
would make Avril Lavgine appear if you rub it, and we could go shopping
would make my mad friends friends again
would teleport my sister away (to like, maybe, Mercury)
would take me any where I want to go
would make Ms. Denise give me Luke!
would need a secret code to work it (code: 16115121) ((don’t tell ANYbody!!!))
would turn me into a skunk so I could spray people when they anoi me
would make the girls work for the boys (and they can’t quit until they die)


About deniselanier

I am an educator & advocate, poet & performer, speaker & storyteller who believes in the power of narrative to transform & transport, create & connect. I was the shy, awkward girl who didn’t fit in, was often bullied, happiest with my nose in books, whose best friend was my dog. After being cast in a play in my teens I discovered a way to be comfortable in my own skin, bringing to life the words of a character. Costumed in make-believe I dared to be more of myself than I ever allowed off-stage; I claimed my voice. I spent most of my adult life teaching others to raise their own voices, through acting, creative writing, even slam poetry. When the diagnosis of MS intervened in my 30s I had to let go of acting, which is why most of my storytelling is now expressed through page and less “formal” interactions with stages. I devote much of my time to kids, teaching them to use words & imagination, developing authentic, resilient, remarkable voices. I endeavor to grow in my students the belief, the truth, that we are all artists & the change-makers in our own stories. My best friend still has fur & four legs. My mobility assistance dog is my constant companion, teaching assistant & muse to many. Luke is also chief partner in crime; I’m getting a reputation for stealing things. As inventor of a poetic form called klepto-collaborative, I pickpocket words & phrases from others, reshuffling & reshaping the puzzle-pieces into a colorful, storied mosaic of diverse voices. Taking something from every speaker at a conference in real-time, I craft a collective poem that highlights the messages of the day, repurposing ideas & refashioning stories, weaving them together in a manner that never loses the originality & spirit of the speakers’ themes. So while I may be a word thief, I figure being eco-conscious makes up for it. I’m available to facilitate wordy goodness in your community, school, workplace or play space. I like to think I have way of transforming annual meetings into something interactive, cooperative & memorable. Through my klepto-collaborative poems I aim to delight, to ignite conversation, and maybe even incite innovation. I earned an MFA from Florida International University, where I edited Gulf Stream Literary Magazine. I’m the founder of WordPlay, a poetry-in-the-schools project inspired by Dave Eggers. My poetry has appeared in Bloomsbury Review, Cake, Luna, Best American Poetry blog (a collaborative poem with the phenomenal Denise Duhamel), Wicked Good Life, and various anthologies. My non-fiction has appeared in the Miami Herald and my fiction has been nominated for Best New American Voices. www.deniselanier.wordpress.com & www.wonkybent.wordpress.com

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