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Prompt #133 Listen to the sky turning raspberry red

November 22, 2012


Listen to the sky turning raspberry red

(changing poetic sensibilities)

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As our prompt title suggests, we’re suggesting some playfulness with descriptive sensibilities in our poems this week (maybe the perfect mate for a kaleidoscopic plateful of Thanksgiving dinner). And pardon our optional nation-local holiday reference here.

We’d like you to look at altering the conventional descriptive sense and language you apply within your poem. As above for example, “sky” would more commonly be described with visual cues, but here we used auditory mated to an albeit colored reference that also invokes a sense of taste. Getting the idea? Whatever’s the convention, you use descriptive terms that seemingly don’t apply – then observe what that does to the experience of the poem.

Two ways you might approach doing this… first, if you’re comfy taking a little leap of poetic phrase, then do your transformations “on the fly”, immediately as you write. If that seems more difficult, then write some conventional poem for yourself; when finished, go back again and look to change the usual sense descriptions already in your poem.

Just to further innumerate some examples – describe the sea by how it smells, not by color, or describe a coffee cup by the sound it makes, or describe someone’s face by using the sense of taste.

Think of this as an exercise in bending poetic light and language! Reality don’t need to always be taken just one way. And yea, this ain’t serious, so have fun!

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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