I have been trying to get myself moving in terms of writing poems again. It’s funny how thinking in terms of prose can really dull the faculty you use to write poems.
I’ve been reading In the Palm of Your Hand, by Steve Kowit in an attempt to spark some thoughts and poetic impulses. It’s a good book with tons of ideas that I haven’t even touched yet.
I thought I’d try to involve you in a little participatory nonsense–merely for the sake of fun and the spirit of competition I hope it will ignite.
There are rules–guidelines, if you’d rather–to this bloodless exercise. Here they are:
- Poem must be at least seven lines long. Otherwise, its form is up to you.
- You must use at least seven of the ‘nouns, verbs, etc.’ listed below. One per line is a suggestion only, not a requirement.
- Use two of the prepositional phrases provided.
- Points are scored for: writing at least seven lines (7 pts.); using at least seven of the ‘nouns, verbs, etc.’ (7 pts., 3 additional for use of the word “quash”); using at least two of the prepositional phrases (2 pts.). Finally, one point each for any extra of the words or phrases provided. This gives a potential total of 20 points.
- Snappy titles are not required and do not earn points. However, they do garner respect and admiration from the crowd.
Enjoy the power of creation.
Nouns, verbs, etc.
blemish, wheel, accordion, pill, tame,
vanilla, fling, Bill, hand, four,
post, cinnamon, squat, Althea, quash (triple word score)
on the shore, near the city, above your head, next to,
from this, under my, inside this, around his/her