May 15, 2019

What are the 'Essentials' of a Good Poem?

1. Is the poem about something you actually know about (in other words a failure to write about the known usually guarantees flawed writing).

2. I recall someone responding to the question, 'What makes a good poem?' by saying 'Go...

May 15, 2019

23 Writing Ideas!

* Imagine writing to a friend about a time you spent away from school, perhaps a holiday. What are the SIX most important things that you would tell him/her about the things you are experienced.

Put these SIX things into a poem in which you expand upon...

May 11, 2019

Some poets have in the past tried to express a connection between

colours and the feelings we have. For example, we often hear people

talk of being ‘purple with rage’ or ‘green with envy’, and these are

commonplace ideas. In this poem you are asked to be more adventurous

a...

May 10, 2019

 The seventh in a series of writing poetry as a way of healing.

TOUCHING THE EXPERIENCE OF CANCER: ‘I DON’T KNOW’

Before teaching writing to children through California Poets in the Schools and to adults at the San Diego Writing Centre, Joe Milosch worked as a trail...

May 10, 2019

 The sixth in a series of writing poetry as a way of healing.

The Healing Power of Images

            A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the   metaphysics of books.

            —Walt Whitman...

May 10, 2019

 The fifth in a series of writing poetry as a way of healing.

Poetry as Natural Medicine

Natural Medicine. Reflect on poetry as a natural medicine. What is your medicine made of? This medicine is not like a drug, intended to suppress and cover over pain or illness....

May 10, 2019

 The fourth in a series of writing poetry as a way of healing.

Poetry and Relationships

Fill in the following. You may need to think about them carefully first.

If I wrote and sent a poem to someone, that person or persons would be:

___________________________________...

May 9, 2019

 The third in a series of writing poetry as a way of healing.

METAPHORS: AN ALCHEMICAL BOND OF LANGUAGE

Metaphor is an alchemical bond of words that unites two different things. This occurs in various ways. In some metaphor the correspondence between two things is precis...

May 9, 2019

The second in a series of writing poetry as a way of healing.

LINE LENGTHS

CRAFTING YOUR LINE TO THE TUNE OF YOUR HEALING

Line lengths and layout construct the images of a poem just as atoms unite to form a stoneware mug, a pouting lover or a grizzly bear. Atoms arrange t...

May 9, 2019

The first in a series of writing poetry as a way of healing.

Heart, who will you cry out to?

Giving silence words

* Choose one of the following.

* Spend a few minutes quietly reflecting upon it.

* What are some of the thoughts, memories, ideas that you experience?

* Write a...

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