In front of the John Lennon Wall in Prague.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

National Poetry Month: April 9, 2015

NaPoWriMo Day 9: Our prompt for the day (optional, as always) plays of our resources. Today, I challenge you to write a visual poem. If that’s not specific enough, perhaps you can try your hand at a calligram? That’s a poem or other text in which the words are arranged into a specific shape or image. You might find inspiration in the famous calligrams written by Guillaume Apollinaire. And a word to the wise — the best way to cope with today’s exercise may well be to abandon your keyboard, and sit down with paper and pen (and maybe crayons or colored pencils or markers!)

This form made me think of writing concrete poetry with my middle school students, so I tried to channel that energy.  Since I'm no visual artist, be kind to my awkward swirl. Ironically, attending the first meeting of a poetry class kept me from posting earlier!

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