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Let Yourself Become Living Poetry


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Poetry Writing Prompts

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Let Yourself Become Living Poetry

  1. 1. Let yourself become living poetry. -Rumi
  2. 2. Living Poetry 1 Buy a notebook and decorate it. Make it you!
  3. 3. Living Poetry 2 Walk around the high school and write down words that you see
  4. 4. Living Poetry 3 Add an adjective in front of all the words you gathered Write a poem
  5. 5. Living Poetry 4 Write down nouns and verbs on post its or index cards Go around the high school and label things Write down the combinations that you and the others have created Write a poem
  6. 6. Living Poetry 5 Try putting only one, two, three or four words on a line. You are more likely to use words you really want.
  7. 7. Living Poetry 6 Who were you in my dream? What did you hear? What were you wearing? What were you eating? What did you want? Why were you hiding? Who was with you? Where were you going?
  8. 8. Living Poetry 7 Seek, spy, and stalk. Record a random conversation. Turn it into a poem.
  9. 9. Living Poetry 8 My real name is Yesterday my name was Tomorrow my name will be In my dream my name was My (mother, father, friends, teacher . . .) thinks my name is
  10. 10. Living Poetry 9 “Poetry has an interesting function. It helps people be where they are.” “All of my poems are suggested by real life and therein have a firm foundation . . . No one can imitate when you write of the particular, because no others have experienced exactly the same thing.” –Goethe Walk somewhere alone. Look. Listen. Feel. Experience. Write about what’s around you, using all of your senses. Create a poem.
  11. 11. Living Poetry 10 I come from . . .
  12. 12. Living Poetry 11 Find an atlas and look at some maps. Make a list of place names you like. Begin to imagine a planet or a country or an island where you’d like to live. Begin to paint this place with words. What color is the sky? Are there rocks, hills, mountains? Are there trees? Describe and name the flowers. Place yourself there. What does the ground feel like under your feet? What kind of person, or being, could you allow yourself to be there?
  13. 13. Living Poetry 12 Go outside and turn over a stone and list in detail what’s under the stone.
  14. 14. Living Poetry 13 Pick one color Notice everything and write down things that are that color Write a poem
  15. 15. Living Poetry 14 If I were a color, what color would I be? What shape, sound, animal, song, number, car, piece of furniture, food, place, element in nature . . . Write a poem
  16. 16. Living Poetry 15 Write a series of images with stopping. Make some of the absurd.
  17. 17. Living Poetry 16 Make a wordpool of feeling words, going on opposites Then choose an image/picture Choose a feeling from your list. Look closely at your image and find a detail that seems to express your feeling. i.e I feel as still as a white water jug. Lastly, write a poem
  18. 18. Living Poetry 17 Notice three new things in someone’s face. Write down what you have seen.
  19. 19. Living Poetry 18 Write an awake/asleep poem. Awake I Asleep I
  20. 20. Living Poetry 19 List feeling words Can focus on oxymorons I feel as disturbed as As peaceful as Expectant as Enraged as Jubilant as
  21. 21. Living Poetry 20“Sometimes part of writing a poem is as simple as looking carefully and bringing things together through simile and metaphor.” Take an object and think about what it looks like. Describe exactly what you see. Look around you. Does your lampshade look like a ballerina’s pink pleated skirt? Write I see It looks like  The pine tree looks like a torpedo Write a poem based on what you have seen.
  22. 22. Living Poetry 21 Where do you need freedom in your life? What part of you is longing to be expressed that you’ve ignored or shut off for fear of failure, fear of success, no time, or because you’re being overly responsible? Ask that part of you to speak. Write a poem.
  23. 23. Living Poetry 22 Write a poetic conversation
  24. 24. Living Poetry 23 Pick a person you love, hate, admire . . . Dear . . . How could you Why did you Thank you for Where were you
  25. 25. Living Poetry 24  Use the following lines to write a poem I am I will be I used to be I let go of I’ve forgotten I remember
  26. 26. Living Poetry 25 Write a poem about an event
  27. 27. Living Poetry 26 Read some poems by e.e cummings Let a poem write itself as if you were taking dictation from your pen. Breaks words up.
  28. 28. Living Poetry 27 Take a page from a book. Black out all the unnecessary words. The remaining words will create a poem.
  29. 29. Living Poetry 28 Create a Frankenstein poem. Take and mix word, phrases, lines from other poems to create your own.
  30. 30. Living Poetry 29 Write your name in a way in some way you’ve never written it before. Draw your name.
  31. 31. Living Poetry 30 Write a Diamente Poem  ctives/diamante/
  32. 32. Living Poetry 31 Write and ode
  33. 33. Living Poetry 32 Write and apostrophe
  34. 34. Living poetry 33 Write a haiku Write several
  35. 35. Living Poetry 34 Write your epitaph
  36. 36. Living Poetry 35 Pick an object Name (real or made-up) You look like Bring me . . .