Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
I kid you not, this comes from Oprah's online site:  www.oprah.com/spirit/12-Ways-t…


Let's say I'm sitting in that room with you now. Take out a pad and pen, your favorite pen—the one that just slides across the paper. Be sure you have an hour or so, so you can take your time with each prompt.

12 Ways to Write a Poem
Make a list of five things you did today, in the order you did them.
Quickly write down three colors.
Write down a dream. If you can't remember one, make it up.
Take 15 minutes to write an early childhood memory, using language a child would use.
Write a forbidden thought, to someone who would understand.
Write a forbidden thought, to someone who would not.
Make a list of five of your favorite "transitional objects." Choose one and describe it in detail.
Write down three questions you'd ask as if they were the last questions you could ever ask.
Write down an aphorism (e.g. "A stitch in time saves nine").
Write down three slant rhymes, pairs of words that share one or two consonants rather than vowels (moon/mine and long/thing are slant rhymes).
Write three things people have said to you in the past 48 hours. Quote them as closely as you can.
Write the last extreme pain you had, emotional or physical. If the pain were an animal, what animal would it be? Describe the animal.

Tips
Use one of the questions as the first line, each of the colors more than once, the slant rhymes, and the aphorism with a word or two changed.
Try using any part of, or all of, the material in any way you want—a line from your dream might work well on its own or your description of the animal might better describe your great uncle.
Let the poem be between 20 and 30 lines; let each line be 10 or more syllables long. Think of the poem as a dream or a psalm you are inventing, and don't force it. Write in your own speech, allowing its music and sense to speak through you.
No human experience is unique, but each of us has a way of putting language together that is ours alone.



All hail Oprah and Glory Be!
Add a Comment:
 
:iconleyghan:
leyghan Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is cool and so very useful. Don't think I'd use the tips as suggested but still, these are good as a jumping off point.
Reply
:iconnuisances:
nuisances Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh some of these are very good... I may have to use them in future Glory Be poems! I wrote my poem for today just a bit ago :P
Reply
:iconfuzzyhoser:
FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Way to go! :woohoo:
Reply
:iconnuisances:
nuisances Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Haha that emoticon made me giggle with joy
Reply
:iconfuzzyhoser:
FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm really :excited: it did. lol
Reply
:iconriseandbe:
RiseandBe Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
"Be sure you have an hour or so..."

Damn, so much for that!
Reply
:iconfuzzyhoser:
FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Right? Hahaha... That's half the hindrance of being uncreative, right there.
Reply
:iconriseandbe:
RiseandBe Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely. If I only ever wrote when I had an hour or so, I would never write.
Reply
:iconfuzzyhoser:
FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I get the idea, though. Really even bits of it could prove very useful for those of us with less time.
Reply
:iconriseandbe:
RiseandBe Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I agree. They are nice creative ideas.
Reply
:iconwordeea:
wordeea Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
here you go :

"zippy-doo-dah writing according to oprah"

heh. i just wrote one :D it works ! it works !
Reply
:iconvespera:
vespera Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:GIGGLE:
Reply
:iconwordeea:
wordeea Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
yeah, oprah and i are "likethat" *snerk* ;p
Reply
:iconvespera:
vespera Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
HE HE O that Oprah ;)
Reply
:iconwordeea:
wordeea Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
see ! you did it too ! :D

oprah for president :#1:
Reply
:iconvespera:
vespera Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:#1: WHOO!
Reply
:iconwordeea:
wordeea Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
omg - i hope you read my sarcasm ;p
(that said, she would be load better than any of the candidates that have showed up ... )
Reply
:iconvespera:
vespera Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
(Oprah drives me nuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuts)
Reply
(1 Reply)
:iconpsithurisms:
psithurisms Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
A little something I found that I've been paying attention to lately
[link]

woop woop OPRAH
:iconjoshnicholsplz:

Reply
:iconvespera:
vespera Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm going to post this over at :iconself-publishing:
Reply
:iconpsithurisms:
psithurisms Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:heart:
Reply
:iconfuzzyhoser:
FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:thumbsup: That's a fantastic link. (:
Reply
:iconscatteredwords:
scatteredwords Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
From my late poetry professor, Jim Simmerman:

TWENTY LITTLE POETRY PROJECTS

1. Begin the poem with a metaphor.

2. Say something specific but utterly preposterous.

3. Use at least one image for each of the five senses, either in succession or scattered randomly throughout the poem.

4. Use one example of synesthesia (mixing the senses).

5. Use the proper name of a person and the proper name of a place.

6. Contradict something you said earlier in the poem.

7. Change direction or digress from the last thing you said.

8. Use a word (slang?) you’ve never seen in a poem.

9. Use an example of false cause-effect logic.

10. Use a piece of talk you’ve actually heard (preferably in dialect and/or which you don’t understand).

11. Create a metaphor using the following construction: "The (adjective) (concrete noun) of (abstract noun) . . ."

12. Use an image in such a way as to reverse its usual associative qualities.

13. Make the persona or character in the poem do something he or she could not do in "real life."

14. Refer to yourself by nickname and in the third person.

15. Write in the future tense, such that part of the poem seems to be a prediction.

16. Modify a noun with an unlikely adjective.

17. Make a declarative assertion that sounds convincing but that finally makes no sense.

18. Use a phrase from a language other than English.

19. Make a non-human object say or do something human (personification).

20. Close the poem with a vivid image that makes no statement, but that "echoes" an image from earlier in the poem.

Open the poem with the first project and close it with the last. Otherwise use the projects in whatever order you like, giving each project at least one line. Try to use all twenty projects. Feel free to repeat those you like. Fool around. Enjoy.
Reply
:iconfuzzyhoser:
FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh! This is awesome!
Reply
:iconfuzzyhoser:
FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Am I to imagine you're in the room with me or Oprah is? I'm less excited about Oprah. This is epic, though. Good job, youuuu. GLORY BE!! :squee:
Reply
:iconmagicaljoey:
MagicalJoey Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Writer
I'd be less excited about Oprah too - unless she was giving everybody free stuff. :giggle:
Reply
:iconflummo:
flummo Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Writer
:thumbsup: :lmao:
Reply
:iconfuzzyhoser:
FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
YES! Hey, let's get her on the line here...hahaha. ;P
Reply
:iconmagicaljoey:
MagicalJoey Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Writer
Oprah, we've recently designed this poetry project and were wondering if you could give a car to each of our participants; bearing in mind that some of them are 12-year-olds masquerading as 16.

I wonder what the answer would be ;P
Reply
:iconfuzzyhoser:
FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Bahahahaha!!! I have a feeling she'd pull some kinda savings bond idea. YOU CAN'T STOP THAT WOMAN FROM GIVING. I shouldn't ever roll my eyes at her. I don't think I can help it, though.
Reply
:iconmagicaljoey:
MagicalJoey Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Writer
What about, Oprah, we are writers and need tools, could you donate a thousand laptops to the 100 participants to divide amongst themselves and their families?
Reply
:iconfuzzyhoser:
FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh...yeah, hey, I vote you our speaker. I just really don't know what free-hearted TV god could deny that request.
Reply
:iconmagicaljoey:
MagicalJoey Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Writer
But we have to do something for the little children!
Reply
(1 Reply)
Add a Comment:
 
×

More from DeviantArt



Details

Submitted on
January 4, 2013
Link
Thumb

Stats

Views
454
Favourites
5 (who?)
Comments
52
×