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a writing exercise that clicked

June 3, 2009

It’s been a while since I pulled it off the shelf, but I love Sandford Lyne’s “Writing poetry from the inside out.” Tonight, at my IRL poetry group, K. proposed an exercise from the book, page 90: select four words and write three separate poems using those same four words. (In a strange coincidence, my bookmark was on page 90.)

I wrote a poem in three separate sections — “origami” — with the words sleepwalking, clever, distant and un/fold. It’s posted over at “i am maureen” for comment/critique. It’s my first poem of June 2009. (I think I got seven out of May? Must do better this month.)

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  1. rausland permalink
    June 4, 2009 12:17 am

    Great exercise, and simple, too — four words, three poems. Will try it, thanks!

  2. June 4, 2009 6:43 am

    rausland — let me know if you do the exercise and want to share your result!

  3. June 4, 2009 3:58 pm

    Seven out of May? That’s good. I’m averaging one about every week and I need to step it up. Great exercise. I’ll go read later.

  4. June 4, 2009 5:04 pm

    cool site

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