I recently took a class at the Loft Literary Center with Peter Blau. Peter is three parts Mahatma Gandhi, one part Freud, two parts Santa Claus. For one of our exercises, he utilized “Katie’s Poetry Prompt”. Katie was ten when she introduced her writing teacher to the following form:
3 words ending in “ing”
2 or 3 words
Here is Rafa’s example (took him about eleven seconds to come up with this one):
eating, sleeping, eating
Here’s what I wrote in the five minute time limit:
constricting, boxing, limiting
or is it
sneezing snorting coughing
take it away
thwarting, preventing, assisting
fading, failing, dying
loving calling crying
(no, this one is NOT autobiographical… : ) )
Take a minute and try it out! ANYONE can do it. Even if you come up with a random assortment of words, we’ll all think you’re a genius whose abstraction and subtlety require extra special attention.
Leave your poem in the comments and I’ll post.