Exquisite Corpse #2: The Daunting Riddle

By Angela Yuriko Smith
Mar 3, 2019 · 229 words · 1 minute

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From the author: Exquisite Corpse is a collaborative poetry game that traces its roots to the Parisian Surrealist Movement. Exquisite Corpse is played by several people, each of whom writes a phrase on a sheet of paper, folds the paper to conceal it, and passes it on to the next player for his or her contribution. We play our version by emailing lines.

Originally posted on June 2, 2018 by Angela Yuriko Smith

Grab the duct tape and plastic wrap—it’s time for another Exquisite Corpse!

Last month I asked for contributors to email me lines individually so no one knew what line had gone before. The first exquisite corpse was created through a Facebook post, so all the contributors could see the previous line.

Here are the results from our collaborative, ‘village-writes-a-poem’ creation. Individually, we created a whole. We are a community in a verse. I’m still amazed at how cohesive this poem turned out to be, despite being born in fragments.

And… here it is. I added the words in italics to connect  the lines. Marge Simon’s name was selected at random to receive a copy of my favorite poster from the Imaginary Foundation.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

The Daunting Riddle

“The frenetic life frantically unwinds the mortal coil?”

The obsidian sphinx coyly recited the daunting riddle
with elegant death mistily embracing the waiting crypt
and tender roots desperately grasping the rotting soil
as his lips were tightly pursed, his eyes blazing with unholy fire.

The colonial landing agreeably arranged the next meal.

—Written by (in order of line) Angela Yuriko Smith, Ashley Dioses, 
Laura Duerrwaechter (2), Marge Simon and John Reinhart


Also of interest:
Exquisite Corpse: Collaborative Poem
Play Exquisite Corpse Again?

Angela Yuriko Smith

...dark, speculative fiction and poetry.