I read about the video game Elegy for a Dead World in the latest issue of Poets & Writers (adjusts monocle), and thought it looked pretty cool. I had this confirmed by Rachel (seriously, go read her blog), and went and downloaded Steam (which is some sort of video game portal thing) just so I could buy it.
I am glad I did.
There are three worlds you can explore as a little astronaut with a jet pack: Keats, Shelley, and Byron (the college-age Romanticist in me is cheering). Each world is beautifully rendered and complex and deep, and you could wander around for hours just gawking at things. Instead, what you should be doing is writing.
That’s right, this is a writer’s video game.
You can choose prompts (fill in the blanks, with options for extended writing), or just free-write. After goofing around a little, I came up with a couple that I thought were okay. I didn’t know about publishing them here, though, since an integral part of the poem is the landscape in which the poem is composed (and shown when you read the work of others).
Turns out they thought of that.
So here it is. I hope this works.
Download this. Quickly.