Try one of these ideas to celebrate!
Write a Dada poem.
For this, you will need a collection of random words, ideally written on little slips of paper. You can put these slips in a bag or mix them up in a pile. Pull words one at a time and write them down in the order that you pull them. You can also use an online word generator such as this one. Keep in mind that you might want to throw in a couple connecting words, like and, with, at, the, and a. You could also take an article from a newspaper and cut up those words to make into a poem. The lines of the poem and the poem itself end whenever you decide. Here is our dada poem:
“Could you grass?”
said light green cat,
Tired and smooth.
“Stop, try candy fluff.”
Write a poem using your five senses.
Take an object and describe how it feels, looks, sounds, smells, and even tastes (as long as it is something that’s okay to taste!).
Paint Sample Poetry
Write a poem on a paint sample slip like you can get from a home improvement store. The poem can be about the main color, or inspired by the names of the colors.
Write a borrowed poem.
Borrowed poetry is created by borrowing lines or phrases from another source, such as an article or another poem.
We learned about this from Kwame Alexander, a poet and educator (on the At Home with Kwame page). He uses the poem, This Is Just to Say by William Carlos Williams, which is basically about asking for forgiveness for something you aren’t really sorry for doing. Once you think of a time like that in your life, you can replace words in the poem to reflect your experience. For example:
This is just to say
I have no
to turn in today.
Which you were
to count towards my grade.
I played outside instead
the sun was warm
and my friends were there.
The library has poetry books for every kind of person. Here are some of our favorites!
- Poetry to take you places:
- Poetry about nature:
- Poetry if you already love poetry:
- Funny poetry: