So, in my writing class, we’ve been focusing on poetry. We’re about to move on to another subject, so this week we have planned a workshop, where five class members would submit five poems to be read and discussed. Another workshop, focusing on fiction and creative nonfiction, will be held later in the semester.
As my focus is on fiction, I did not initially sign up for the poetry workshop. Our teacher’s idea was for roughly half of the class to participate in the poetry workshop, and the other half would do the fiction/CNF workshop. Well, not enough people signed up for this week. So, this morning, I decided I would participate, so that we have enough poems discuss.
I had already written one poem for a class exercise a couple of weeks ago. I think it is the first poem I’d written since my vitriol-spewing high school days. That left four poems to write tonight. It took about three hours to finish them. I then converted the file to a PDF and sent it to my group. It took a lot of courage to send that email, because I’m not a poet. These poems are really rough, and there are probably typos, and I didn’t even get a chance to have someone proofread them. There are people in the class who have been writing poetry a long time and who are specializing in it! Eek!
Anyway, I figured I’d just post them here, too, for the hell of it.
For some frame of reference, here is the title of each poem and the exercise I used as a writing prompt:
1. “‘Criteria,’ for the first time” – this is an enjambment exercise, taken from a couple of paragraphs of the novel I’m writing (I needed to get my fiction in the workshop somehow!)
2. “Punctuation” – this is the poem using examples of synesthesia.
3. “Storage” – a poem inspired by a list of things belonging to a dead person.
4. “Paris, je t’aime” – my stab at a poem using phrases from English and another language.
5. “Freshman Year, University of Arkansas, 1995 – 1996” – this is my take on a poem where every line begins with “I remember.”
So, without further ado, here are five poems that will totally blow your mind.
P.S. Please don’t steal them. Write your own silly poems. Plagiarism is bad. End of lecture.