Poetry Hunt: Poetry Is Hiding Everywhere
Here’s a fun pre-writing activity I found in Georgia Heard’s book, Awakening the Heart, that I think could come in handy at the top of the year when our dreams are dazzling and daunting. Heard suggests going on a poetry treasure hunt. What you do is look for words and phrases from other books that give you a tug; that delight you in some way. Write them down on strips of paper, and then see if you can order them into a poem.
I used the Concordia University Course Catalogue because I look at it a lot during my day, and also, it is kind of a hunt for treasure to find some new thing that might be within us, waiting for us to give ourselves a try.
Here is a picture of the phrases that struck me as I skimmed through the catalogue:
And here is the poem I came up with:
This course examines monsters
There will be:
Lab work will be completed on
small town high school fields.
This is a writing enriched course.
Try It: Poetry Hunt
This week, go for a poetry hunt! Look through books, recipes, magazines, and the newspaper and write down phrases that strike you. Then, order them into a poem.
Photo by Marc Veraart Creative Commons, via Flickr. Post by Callie Feyen.
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L.L. Barkat says
This is fun, Callie.
I was going to try one based on my bills. But I think the phrases make better potential poem titles than grist for found poems.
A few titles:
• Your Electricity Breakdown
• Understanding Your Bill
• Uncollectible Accounts
• You Can Compare this Price
Sandra Heska King says
Fun titles. Looking forward to reading the poems. 🙂
Sandra Heska King says
You’re flabbergasted, flattened,
but what any chucklehead would know:
life is full of jolts.
You keep on buying cookbooks,
big fat cookbooks.
There are pleasanter ways to shorten your life.
We pool our ignorance,
tell each other our shabby little secrets
(exact origins are misty).
We fold our dishwater hands,
expect no magic.
It’s always nice to know you’re not alone.
Phrases from the introduction to one of my first cookbooks–The I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken.
What fun, Sandra! “There are pleasanter ways to shorten your life.” LOL