April 1st, and we’re off: Poetry prompt 1

No time for fool jokes–but let’s start gently by making a list.

This prompt is based on Rita Dove’s Ten Minute Spill prompt in The Practice of Poetry.

Turn to a blank page and start listing words and phrases–whatever comes to mind. Write as fast as you can for about three minutes.

Now, look at your list and circle any repeats.

Choose five words from your list that are not circled (yes, gently out of your comfort zone).

Now, write a poem that uses those five words plus five words from Ms. Dove’s list:
cliff
needle
voice
whir
blackberry
cloud
mother
lick
Ready, set, go!

(And have fun!)