Thursday, April 01, 2010

Inside outside

April is National Poetry month :-)

I won't claim ability to steer people on poetic paths but I do love playing with words and there are poetic exercises I enjoy. First is something easy to get your toes wet (that might spark some story ideas for the prose fanatics :-)

Write a poem of just prepositions.

Then write a poem of prepositions which are followed by another part of speech.

(If you're rusty: prepositions are position words: into, above, upon ... There's a huge List of prepositions at Wikipedia. Cut them up and choose 10 or so at random. Shuffle them around to find something that works for you. Redraw some if you wish.)

Adapted from Charles Bernstein.

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