I confess that I do not usually read the paper. I listen to NPR and I get The New York Times headlines in email—and often they are repeats of what I heard earlier on the radio. My husband reads The Seattle Times every morning, and sometimes I glance at the front page. This morning, I sat down with it—three stories got my attention, leading with lead in the water.
While the news may not be good, it’s a solid way to start a day when we take up “Journalistic Inspiration,” from The Daily Poet. Choose an article in the newspaper and circle the words that jump out at you, intrigue you. Next, write a poem that uses those words but is about something else.