3) Collaborative Poem: As the weather turns colder and the days grow shorter, it may be a nice time to gather some friends and write together.This week, try writing a renga, or “linked poem.” The first poet begins by writing a stanza that is three lines long and contains seventeen syllables.
This week, pick a gift and write a poem about how you felt after receiving it.
Here is your opportunity to be honest, so let it all out.
9) Death as a Symbol: In Tom Stoppard’s play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Rosencrantz muses, “We might as well be dead. ” If you were to imagine death as something tangible—an object, a location, or a living thing—what would it be?
Write a poem meditating on why this particular thing symbolizes loss, and the coming of an end.
Think about what it would feel like if one day you looked for it and it wasn’t there.
Write a poem to your shadow as if it were an old friend.
Imagine what kind of spirits might live there, why they remain, and how they inhabit the space.
Describe the sound of the creaky floorboard near the refrigerator, the way the windows slide shut on their own, and the weird smell near the fireplace.
This week, write the poem that’s itching to get out of you.
Imagine what the words would look like ten feet tall and try to embody that power on the page.