“1. Choose a contemporary poem, or two, that you really like.
2. Make a list of all the nouns in the poem(s).
3. Make a list of all the verbs.
4. Make a list of all the adjectives.
5. Choose six nouns, five verbs, and three adjectives.
6. Use five of the nouns, all five verbs, and the three adjectives to create a poem of your own (you’ll probably want to add some words).
7. The sixth noun is the title of your poem.
8. The first sentence or line of your poem should exactly copy the rhythms, but not the language, of the first sentence or line of one of the poems you drew your words from in the first place.”
-Kim Addonizio, “Ordinary Genius”
I chose A Strange Wild Song by Lewis Carroll. Needless to say, I have written an even stranger poem.
Middle of Next Week
The life we saw, that thing-a-bob
In Lewis Carroll’s letter,
Sent mother spinning silly
Father spoke, “That poor, ill thing
Has swallowed her last
Bottle on the bus.”
The child left and played his fife
And danced a silly jig.