April 20, 2015: Kenneth Merchant

Sometimes poets get a gut feeling that their poem doesn’t seem right. Whether this has happened to yet or not doesn’t matter, but here is an exercise that could help get those creative juices flowing:

Write whatever stylized poem you would like. Next, take a couple words out of each line and replace them with new ones. These words must have completely different meanings (no synonyms).

For example:
“Blue bonnets bounce upon battered barnacles.”

Now take lets take out bonnets and battered, and replace them with clouds and melodious.

“Blue clouds bounce upon melodious barnacles.”

Soon you will be transforming your poem into something else extraordinary.

Submitted by Kenneth Merchant.

If you write a poem from this prompt, post it as a comment underneath the prompt in the Poetry Super Highway Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/poetrysuperhighway

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