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    Each section of poet Lyn Hejinian‘s prose poem sequence My Life originally contained 38 sentences, one for each year of her life at the time it was first published. Try writing a poem that contains one line (or one sentence if you decide to do a prose poem) for each year of your life. Alternatively, try writing a […]

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    Apophenia, or for the statistician, the Type I Error, is the perception of pattern in randomness.  In other words, when you see a face in the shadows of tree limbs or textures on the ceiling, that is apophenia.  Type I Errors are what fuel the conspiracy theorist or help us find “meaning” in Tarot cards.  […]

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    Today’s exercise is about expansion. Take one of the Basho poems below, and expand on it, or use it as a jumping off point to write your own poem. Move beyond the haiku to address the essence of the poem.  With every gust of wind, the butterfly changes its place on the willow.   A […]

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    April Fool’s Day is right around the corner. Try writing a humorous poem. Be as silly and imaginative as you can be. You never know what you might come up with!

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    March 20th marked the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. I can already smell the scent of fresh cut grass and feel the warm breeze on my face. Spring is time for new beginnings in a lot of ways. Write a poem about a time in your life when you turned the page […]

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    We’re just two days removed from International Women’s Day. We’ve all been blessed to have at least one special woman in our life, whether it be a mother, daughter, sister, or even teacher. Write a poem that celebrates that special woman.

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    Have you been feeling quite scatterbrained lately. Whether it’s work, school, or kids, we all can feel like that from time to time. We’ve found that making lists helps us keep everything in order. Try writing a poem in the form of a list. It can be in bullet point, or even look like a […]

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    Object Permanence is the belief/knowledge that things really do exist even though they are out of sight or hearing.  Misunderstanding of this concept causes your dog to express such joy when you return from a day at work (cats less so), or an infant to be enthralled by a game of peek-a-boo. Write a poem […]

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    Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day. In the spirit of the day write about a real or imaginary act of kindness, and also its consequences. Remember, kindness may not always have the benign results you think it does!

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    Today is Umbrella Day It struck me that one of the ways in which we could celebrate the humble brolly is to write a poem. It may be a specific umbrella memory, a family airloom, one of those modern press-button jobs, a see-through plastic or a lacy parasol; or maybe just the umbrella as an […]

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