Day 8: Out with the old, in with the image

“…the way night moves its shoes from side to side”
Oliver de la Paz, “Aubade with a Book and the Rattle from a String of Pearls,” Furious Lullaby

This remains one of my favorite images.

Yesterday, we played with images as definitions.

Today, let’s build on that.

Take a poem that’s been giving you trouble and circle every adjective-noun phrase and every adverb-verb phrase.

Write the first one at the top of page, and then write images that could represent that phrase. This isn’t about finding new words (for example, pulling out the thesaurus). This is about finding new ways of looking and thinking.

Repeat with the next phrase, and so on.

Take a look at the images. What fits in your poem? Do any of them add new layers or textures, or send the poem in a new direction?