It's Poetry Month Again
...so I asked my friend and poet Tracey Lazore how to write a poem. Why bother? The benefits of simply reading poetry are surprising! (I wrote about them in last April’s post, Ten Benefits of Poetry Month You May Be Missing.) Tracey has been a member of my Creativity & Camaraderie Club for the past seven years. Every month she blows us away with her power poetry. I wondered how she does it. She explained that she often plays a poetry game to overcome creative procrastination and to invite spontaneous inspiration. Here is one game she plays:
Get yourself a set of refrigerator word magnets like The Poet Magnetic Poetry Kit
Without looking, pick six words by chance. These will be your jumping off point. You are on your way! Now set your brain free to begin making playful rearrangements out of these "accidental" word companions.
Allow the confinement created by these randomly chosen words to force new connections, metaphors and insights. You will surprise yourself! Tracey advises:
"While sometimes I am tempted to substitute a synonym for one of the words I’ve chosen, I don't. I will allow myself to make a plural or change a noun to an adjective (i.e. delight to delightful)"
Keep rearranging the words, adding your own words to the mix until you have surprised and delighted yourself with the outcome.
How She Wrote This Wonderful Poem
Tracey showed me how it works. “Here is an example from my notebook. I had chosen the words:
I began to play:
so fast your promises radiate
(scribble scratch out)
precious promises(start over) your precious promise radiates i delight (hmm what's left?) fast/orange/ (start over again…. End up with this final poem)
Precious orange delightful promise sun radiates from your pores I break my fast and weep
See? FUN!!! :)"
Two More Examples of Tracey’s Magnetic Words Play
1. Bold blue screams go lost. Oh, how I adored you.
2. Born again
The dam had burst. Shall we bathe in the floodwaters? We spoke of this day and trembled but as the waves sweep by the bell tolls and I surrender-with pleasure
"While often I am inspired by an event to write a poem, words matter to me all by themselves. Picking words by chance stops procrastination and it's always surprising how well they work together (and how they sometime write themselves)! Different combinations produce VERY different sounds and meanings and it's great fun to make the ones that feel best to me."