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Prompt #128 Becoming landscape, pt. 2

October 18, 2012


Becoming landscape

part two of a two part exercise and poem prompt

We Write Poems:
Part TWO is now the poem part of this two part exercise and poem prompt.

Take your observational notes and turn it into a “poem”.  Maybe some of you found a strength of voice from allowing observation to come more to the front.  The challenge now is to “bring that home” to a poem you’ll write.  Make your poem in any form you desire, yet so much as possible keep true with that more raw and natural voice.  We might suggest keeping your poem less anthropomorphic – birds or bees, or clouds and rocks, or dew covered grass need not express themselves with a “human voice” – they have voice enough all on their own.  So “listening” remains an important attribute to include for this week’s poem.  Maybe even your notes with the slightest polish would make a perfect poem about the qualities and life of our natural environment.

Or if your initial response was already more of a poem, look to how you might simplify and refine the “natural elements”, and bring them even more forward for your poem now.  We, as the writers, we’re never actually removed from a poem.  We do reflect ourselves in all we do.  However, we can also learn to more quiet that voice and allow something else a stronger presence.

See you again in another week, pen in hand this time.

Come back to leave a link to your poem next Wednesday when you see our second follow-up post called, It’s Post Your Poems Day!  If you have questions about We Write Poems and our prompt-and-poem process, or if you are new here at WWP, please read our about page.


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