Fireworks and political science by Rob Carney, guest blog post on Terrain.org


“Political Science” Old Roads, New Stories: A Blog Series by Rob Carney on Terrain.org

Rob Carney shares a story of working at a fireworks stand and the interesting way the fireworks were titled and promoted in his July blog post for his series Old Roads, New Stories: A Blog Series on Terrain.org. The blog posts are short and full of writing inspiration. This post provides inspiration for how to take a memorable conversation and turn it into a story or a poem.


Our warehouse was happier, though, calling out test-run firework names, our typically boring and cardboard jobs suddenly not.

“How ’bout the Star of Bethlehem.”

“And the Noah Sees a Sunbeam.”

“Or the 30 Pieces of Silver.”

“Or Let-There-Be-Lights.”

“Maybe the Cleopatra?”

“That’s not biblical, you idiot.”

Try your hand at a similar story/poem by using quotes from a memorable conversation (real or made up)–maybe something funny that then turns to be more profound. Then share a link to your own blog post in the comments below.

88 mapsRob Carney’s fourth book 88 Maps was just released by Lost Horse Press (distribution by University of Washington Press). Read the detailed review by Julie Marie Wade on The Rumpus here.

Other books and chapbooks include Story Problems and Weather Report, from Somondoco Press. You can also read his poetry in Terrain.org: 4th Annual Contest Winner and Issue 30. And listen to a new radio interview with Rob Carney.

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Categories: Poetry

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