You, of course, know what Exquisite corpse is. But for the new ones: Exquisite corpse, also known as exquisite cadaver or rotating corpse is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule or by being allowed to see only the end of what the previous person contributed. (Wikipedia source def)
I know that exquisite corpse happens with short stories as well, with each writer adding one new paragraph. I haven’t seen the end of these or what happens to such stories. Are they good? Effective? Successful? So I can’t comment. But I recently heard from a poet-friend about tanka-linked haibuns, authored by two haijins. So collaborations of all kinds are welcome. Even those with the Self and recurrent characters in anthologies, frame stories, novel series…
I’m digressing. I was supposed to hoot about my achievements. I was supposed to tom-tom about this. I was supposed to market myself:
…so in this 2015 Poetry prize Exquisite corpse by Indiana Review, we got to see not only the first line: ‘She unravels a ball of copper wire’ by poet and judge Eduardo C. Corral, but also what the other poets sculpted out.
Super happy that my line too found a mention in the favorites. Go check: