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Hunger

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Write a “book spine” poem, a poem based on titles in your bookshelves. Another creative NaPoWriMo idea.

One of the books in my bookshelf is Knut Hamsun’s Hunger (1890). It describes the painful birth of a writer, an unnamed young man who wanders the streets of Kristiania (former name of Oslo), trying to keep his dignity and sanity. His hunger is both physical and mental. Occasionally, he earns a little money by selling an article to a newspaper. In the book, he relates his experiences from his walks and from his encounters with people. He ends up signing on a ship and leaving the city. I think any aspiring writer can relate to the drive inside that anonymous writer.

 
HUNGER

I am an undernourished author,
hungry to create

I walk the city streets
in an endless chase for words
and, in all honesty, recognition,
to become a king on writing

I can hear the bells toll ten, eleven, twelve times,
as if to put a number on my
failed, once great, expectations

Just after sunset,
I stumble through the door
at the inn where I lodge

Another long day’s journey into night
comes to an end

Hurt feet, hurt pride,

but not willing to settle for
the God of small things

Not yet.

 
(c) Zol H, 2016

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Written by Solveig Hansen

April 10, 2016 at 10:27 pm

Posted in NaPoWriMo 2016, Poems

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