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ELEMENTARY POETRY EXERCISE TO BRING YOUR CREATIVE SIDE OUT TO PLAY

Sometimes when I sit down to write a poem, I have an exact idea of what I want it to be. Other days, the words don’t come so easy. I’ll open my computer and stare at the cursor blinking on the tauntingly blank page.

Recently, I was invited to teach poetry to a 5th grade creative writing class. I showed up that day with a stack of worksheets. On the worksheets, the format for an autobiographical poem was printed. The kids laughed at the simplicity of the outline and set to filling them in. What none of us expected were the earnest, complex, and sometimes heartaching words that they would use to fill in the lines on the paper.

You’re probably not in 5th grade. I know that. I also know that you definitely have something to say that is unique to your experience and your life. Here’s a little throwback to 5th grade to get you started. It will inspire you more than you think.

AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL POEM

line 1: your first name

line 2: four adjectives that describe you

line 3: son/daughter/brother/sister of

line 4: lover of (three people or ideas or a combination)

line 5: who feels (three sensations or emotions)

line 6: who finds happiness in (three things)

line 7: who needs (three people or things)

line 8: who gives (three things)

line 9: who fears (three things)

line 10: who would like to see (three things)

line 11: who enjoys (three things)

line 12: who likes to wear (three things)

line 13: add anything you want

line 14: your last name


Contributing Editor


Fortesa Latifi is a 21-year old poet. Her first book, This Is How We Find Each Other was published through Where Are You Press in 2014. She hopes you find something good here. She knows you will.


Word Dance’s Package to a Creative Summer!



June has finally arrived, and you all know what that means…

SUMMER’S FINALLY HERE!

So whilst you all bask in the glory of the summer heat with a great read (or begin the great crusade of TV shows and movies awaiting you on Netflix), I’ve decided to create a Summer poetry package filled with prompts, poetry and music to get you and your creative juices flowing!


Recommendations + Articles:

‘Fishtail by the Scyamore Tree’ – Yasmin Belkhyr

‘The Nosebleed Year’ – Ava Goga

We, Gold Girl – Scherezade Siobhan

Four Poems by Cecilia Woloch

Late Sunday Morning by Elana Bell

Cosmology in Five Acts by Caroline Rayner

Warm Teeth by Eleanor Hazard

Jenny Holzer & her Inflammatory Essays

Winter Tangerine Review’s Shedding Skins


Prompt List:

1. Bedroom­Bound

2. Emptied Hallways

3. Skipped Stones Down by the Creek

4. Awaking after Sunset

5. Summer Love / Loss

6. The History We Make

7. Bonfires in Daylight

8. Burning the Bridges

9. What We Yearned For

10. What Awaits Us


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8tracks Tracklist:

Holidays – Lydia

Let Me In – GroupLove

No Better – Lorde

Never Gonna Change – Broods

I Wanna Get Better – Bleachers

The Exit – Lydia

Twenty Years – Bad Suns

Home – Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

All is Well (Goodbye Goodbye) – Radical Face


If you’ve decided to carry out the prompts, then I’d love to see them! You can either comment your pieces on our Facebook post or even submit them to my blog, Happy writing!


Contributing Editor


Jade Mitchell is an 18 year old poet / writer who resides near Glasgow, Scotland. Her work has been featured in The Grind Journal, Inky Paper and Ink Scotland. Aside from working on her writing and poetry, you can find her listening to Lorde and reading every poem she can find in sight.


Words Dance Writing Prompts : 7½ Minutes Worth of Writing with Lynda Barry


First write ten nouns on ten little pieces of paper.

Number a page from one to ten.

Relax your whole body from top to bottom and say the alphabet to yourself or something else you have memorized and think back to early days in your life.

Turn over one of the pieces of paper and that’s your word.

Write down the first ten memories that come to you from that word.

Read the list over.

Circle one that seems vivid or has trouble in it and write it on a clean sheet of paper like it was a title to a story and then draw a big X on the page.

Then start the video.


(Found on Lynda’s Tumblr)

Words Dance Writing Prompt #4



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What questions come to mind when you see this photo? What facts can you list? What feelings or emotions bubble up? Tap into all your senses & dig through all your memories. Write it all down & see if a poem starts to take shape.

Related Bonus Prompt:

glimmers of light peeking through the pinpricked drapery


I’ll be sharing visual writing prompts all month inspired by Susannah Conway’s annual August Break. The August Break is an informal photo challenge, there are no rules & you can join any time during August. Share your photos with the hashtag #AugustBreak2013 on Instagram, Facebook or post them on your blog. If you are a blogger, the purpose of August Break is to take a break from writing, I was inspired to use it in this way! I’ll been sharing more of my photos inspired Susannah’s prompts on Instagram, if you wish, you can follow me there!


If you’d like to see more of Words Dance’s Writing Prompts, click here, or to get 200 instantly dig this!


Words Dance Writing Prompt #3



(find Amanda on Instagram here)

What questions come to mind when you see this photo? What facts can you list? What feelings or emotions bubble up? Tap into all your senses & dig through all your memories. Write it all down & see if a poem starts to take shape.


I’ll be sharing visual writing prompts all month inspired by Susannah Conway’s annual August Break. The August Break is an informal photo challenge, there are no rules & you can join any time during August. Share your photos with the hashtag #AugustBreak2013 on Instagram, Facebook or post them on your blog. If you are a blogger, the purpose of August Break is to take a break from writing, I was inspired to use it in this way! I’ll been sharing more of my photos inspired Susannah’s prompts on Instagram, if you wish, you can follow me there!


If you’d like to see more of Words Dance’s Writing Prompts, click here, or to get 200 instantly dig this!


Words Dance Writing Prompt #2



What questions come to mind when you see this photo? What facts can you list? What feelings or emotions bubble up? Tap into all your senses & dig through all your memories. Write it all down & see if a poem starts to take shape.


I’ll be sharing visual writing prompts all month inspired by Susannah Conway’s annual August Break. The August Break is an informal photo challenge, there are no rules & you can join any time during August. Share your photos with the hashtag #AugustBreak2013 on Instagram, Facebook or post them on your blog. If you are a blogger, the purpose of August Break is to take a break from writing, I was inspired to use it in this way! I’ll been sharing more of my photos inspired Susannah’s prompts on Instagram, if you wish, you can follow me there!


If you’d like to see more of Words Dance’s Writing Prompts, click here, or to get 200 instantly dig this!


Words Dance Writing Prompt #1 : Between the Lines by Susan Lawson


Choose a poem you like. I used “Fire” by Joy Harjo from her book What Moon Drove Me to This? Cross out every other line (it doesn’t matter whether you start with the first or second line) and write lines of your own to fit with the remaining original lines. Then, cross out the remaining lines of the original poem and write more lines of your own to go with those you already wrote so that what you end up with is a poem that’s wholly yours.


Here’s what I wrote…

Between the Lines

No one hears
a voice unspoken.

Each person must walk into
the timbre of her own breath.

Every One must dance into
the beauty of her own resonance—

flirting, flitting from word to word to word
like lovers wrestling in the damp night.

A body must journey into its deepest throat
no matter what the cost. See—

the cancer cut from my neck was not the end but
a new beginning. My voice goes on and on

even as I sleep like
lake water rippling in moonlight.

My dreams, my pen become a tongue
for those weary of talk. I am become

a breeze that bristles dry autumn leaves
to ground. I mulch the earth’s madness

with whatever laughter or tears
I launch into the darkness.

                                   – Susan Lawson


For comparison, here is Harjo’s poem…

Fire

a woman can’t survive
by her own breath
                        alone
she must know
the voices of mountains
she must recognize
the foreverness of blue sky
she must flow
with the elusive
bodies
of night winds
who will take her
into herself

look at me
i am not a separate woman
i am the continuance
of blue sky
i am the throat
of the mountains
a night wind
who burns
with every breath
she takes

                                   – Joy Harjo


Share a link to the poem you penned using this prompt. The links can be from your blog, website, on Facebook in a note or status update (but make sure it is set to public so folks can view it), Tumblr or Flickr, anywhere with a URL! One submission per person please. To be included on the list below submit your links before 5/16/13.

In the “Name” field use this format: POEM NAME by YOUR NAME
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Susan Lawson shares desk space with a tabby kitten named Maisie and leads writing workshops using the Amherst Writers & Artists method in the central Indiana area. Enjoy more of her writing at SusanLawson.net.