Day 10: Image and abstraction

Today’s exercise comes, loosely, from The Poet’s Companion.

In the book, the prompt is to describe a pair of shoes “in such a way that a reader will think of death. Do not mention death in the poem.”

But death and shoes might not work for the poem you’re working on.

What’s the main emotion–the main abstraction!–in your poem?

Now, what objects are in your poem? What can you describe?

Recast your poem using that object description–and then you can go back, see whether that description fits inside your poem or makes a new poem.