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Creative Prompt: Resilience & Poetry

I don’t normally make videos, but I thought it would be appropriate for today’s poetic exercise. Hope you’ll watch below and share your poems/stories or anything you’re thinking about this month.

Visuals & Poems

We’re living in uncertain times, and poetry can provide a modicum of peace. I also have been taking walks and working in the garden these afternoons with my family. I’ve thought a lot about how spring is upon us and how flowers are just beginning to bloom — tulips, daffodils, even trees.

When I took this photo, I had no idea that it would be out of focus, but it’s interesting to think about the lack of focus in the photo as a reflection of the lack of focus and purpose many of us have now. We’re either adjusting to working from home, out of work and concerned for our families, and some of us are navigating the new world of online learning for young children.

I’d love to hear about any visuals that inspire you while you’re walking around with your dog or friends. Share your stories below — in poetic form — or just on your blog.

Poem Generator Fun: Concrete Poems

Concrete poems often take the shape of the object being written about. These are some of the most visually inspiring poems, and kids often love these because they can connect the words to the object. These poems also do not have to rhyme.

I would love to see what kind of poems you generate with the poem generator — click the image of the cat above to access the generator. No major creativity required — just plug in some data and see the algorithm work.

Large, Grey Husky
A Concrete Poem
Presented as text

Poem: The moon rose over the bay. I had a lot of feelings. by Donika Kelly

Today, I thought I would direct you to read or listen to a poem by Donika Kelly.

The moon rose over the bay. I had a lot of feelings.
by Donika Kelly (audio is available)

She is the author of the chapbook Aviarium (fivehundred places, 2017), and the full-length collection Bestiary (Graywolf Press, 2016), winner of the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the 2017 Hurston/Wright Award for poetry, and the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize.

 

 

 

 

Poetry: Beyond the Book

Poetry has reached beyond the page in a lot of cases, and many are aware of InstaPoets who read online in Instagram and create graphic posts of their poems. But were you aware of poets who are creating interactive collections using QR codes and turning to audio as a way to reach wider audiences?

Jessica Piazza’s recent poetry collection, This is Not a Sky, pairs her ekphrastic poems with QR codes to the paintings and artwork that inspired them.

I called the collection ” art unto itself and a must read for those who love painters and some of the most iconic artists of our time. Piazza will have you looking at the art on the museum walls in vastly different ways. She creates vignettes for the players and for those outside the frame.”

Check out your own copy.

Alan King, a local poet in the Washington, D.C. area, created his own audio version of Drift, relying on music and sound effects to set the stage for his very real poems. I’m listening to the audio now, and it is intriguing. I’ve enjoyed the first few poems on audio just as I did when I read the book.

The collection ” is musical, funny, and serious. It asks questions about identity and fitting it, particularly what it means to be a “brother.” But it’s also about growing up in an unforgiving urban landscape.”

Check out this sample below:

Let me know what kinds of unique poetry collections you’ve discovered. Which ones are breaking boundaries of the page?

National Poetry Month: Postcards from the Pandemic

Most everyone knows what a postcard is — a 4×6 inch piece of card stock with an image on the front and a place to write a note on the back that can be mailed with postage and an address sans envelope. I’m sure this has been done before, but with many of us sheltering place this year, I doubt we’ll be heading to poetry readings and other literary events with large groups of people. But I have noticed that letter writing and connecting with others far away has come back into fashion — at least for some.

I found this fascinating listing for Postcard Poems and Prose (feel free to submit one), and I thought it would be a fun activity to try with everyone. Let’s all share 1-4 lines of prose or poetry in a postcard format in the comments.

Of course, I’ll start us off — so glad you asked. 😉

Wish you were here
beside me on the couch
but six feet of distance
puts me on edge.

Now, it’s your turn — share something funny, something inspiring, whatever you like.

National Poetry Month 2020

National Poetry Month 2020 is around the corner.

Here are some possible ways to celebrate:

Share your favorite poems on your blog, with friends, on video chat, and let me know how you’ll be celebrating poetry this year.

I’d love to add more online gems to the list!