Google always likes to honour the birthdays of dead people whose achievements are mostly unsung. My recent favourite is March 5th’s Momofuku Ando, inventory of Instant noodles, whose Google page caused quite a stir. However I will heartily congratulate the man who should be considered the grandfather of university cuisine. So I heartily salute you, Momofuku Ando for combining fast and easy into a warm tummy, and for you I dedicate a easy recipe for poetry (and you guys as well).
For this recipe you will need
– Clever observations of a writer
– A notebook + pen
– A willingness to write
Step 1: Develop clever little observations. Clever little observations and thoughts are the side-effect of writing for awhile. It’s when you overhear a bit of interesting conversation, or see something that would be worthy of a photo contest if you had a camera but only have words. Its the similes and metaphors you think of like how the restaurant washroom along Bloor smells like the septic cleanliness of a failing hotel hallway. Having them is a sign that you are growing as a writer and like a noodles for ramen, they’re necessary for this to work.
Step 2: Start spitting them out onto paper. I’ve mentioned it before, but always keep a little notebook and pen in easier reach than a 6-shooter in a holster. Write every interesting tidbit of wordy thought you have down. It’s not that hard, just make sure you don’t try to force them, otherwise they’ll come out as colourful as over-chewed gum. Let them come, and don’t forget there’s no deadline for this.
Step 3: Re-arrange and start writing Poetry! Once you have collected a bunch of clever bits, or got yourself in a roll and scrawling all over your notebook, it’s time to actually make poetry. Write it down. Ta-dah instant poetry. You might have to do some editing to clean it up, but still workable. For those who like brevity of a haiku, just one of those thoughts could fit your definition of good writing. For the true instant noodle connoisseur, who knows to clean out the noodles with cold water, and who adds things like eggs, and other yummies, then be sure to collect a whole chunk of your clever observations, find the ones that have a running theme and mix them together. And if it rhymes then you got some polite rap (aka poetry slamming time).
By Joshua P’ng, a North York Writer