I’ve been in various writing groups and taken numerous workshops where writing a poem was part of the challenge. I’ve never felt comfortable with poetry although I’ve been making myself share some of my past attempts here.
I do have one favorite way of finding poetry inspiration. “Found poetry” is taking a page from a book and circling words or phrases to make a poem.
We recently did this in my writing group. I presented each person with a few pages from an old copy of Jane Eyre I found at a thrift store.
Here’s the page I had and the resultant poem with only minor changes.
I felt it pass away without regret.
The door was ajar for a while
She left, in a glance.
The sobbing wind,
A soft excitement.
Its spirit follows, you smile.
A rosy sky lies at my feet.
I waited for evening
To search deeper.
See how easy that is? One of the ladies in the group, who balks at poetry as much as I used to ended up having so much fun she asked for more pages to take home and try it some more.
Even if you don’t want to “write” a poem this technique will put you in the “writer zone” in nothing flat.
The light of a half-moon streamed through the window
I was the only person risen
A journey prepared for.
I passed through the door.
The moon set on wet steps
A chill morning.
A light reached the door
But a few minutes.
Another way to use “found poetry” is to white out all the words you don’t want like I did in the following canvas. I submitted this to a book about art journaling and was excited to have it accepted.
For those not familiar with art journaling it is the combination of art and journaling in about a million different forms. This particular “page” I did on a canvas with acrylic paint. The dancer was cut from a magazine and painted around with the book page worked in. The hedge on the bottom was also made from painted book pages. You can see some of the words peeking through.
Try keeping a few book pages handy for inspiration.
I’d love to see your poems.