Happy Poetry Month! Are you ready to write poems? Are you ready to explore sequences?
Let’s get started. But how?
Because we’re looking at sequences, let’s start by choosing an event, because an event has a chronology you can build on, a direction you can go (or back track from).
So what haunts you? What do you think about over and over–in the unexpected moments?
Maybe the event you choose is something that happened to the world or maybe it’s something that happened to you. It can be something from the week’s news or something from another century or before history.
I admit that as I’ve thought about events, I’ve tended to dwell on cataclysms or disasters, natural or otherwise:
The earthquake in Haiti
The Potato Famine
or shootings (sadly, too many to list here)
But an event could be positive, too. The end or Apartheid in South Africa. The passage of the 19th amendment in the U.S.
And an event could be something personal–for example, a birth or a death.
Now, with your event in mind, take 3-5 minutes to write a list of images or words. The list helps warm you up, and it provides a resource as you write through the month.
Pick one word.
Write 5 first lines using that word. Why 5? To help explore different aspects of your event. Starting with 5 choices can show you some different paths.
Pick one of those lines and use it to start your poem.
Bonus option: Choose a number of lines ahead of time–14 or 10 or 24 or your favorite number. Keep your poem–and each poem in this sequence–to that many lines.
Tomorrow, I’ll share my favorite line, and I’ll invite you to share yours.