Play with Your Words! Poetry Prompt #4: Poetry Poker

I love writing assignments that sound like a game!

To play poetry poker, you need to collect words. Words you love, words you love the sound of, words you love the meaning of. Ask your friends and family to contribute. Be inspired by the seasons, events, and settings of your life. Build yourself a deck of words (index cards work great for this). Then its time to play.

Shuffle your deck and draw 5 cards from it. Look at your cards. Think about them. Decide which of them you want to work with. You can trade in anywhere from one card for a new one, to all five. But you can only trade once.

Now use the words you drew to craft a poem. Try to use all of them. However if one or two just won’t work, I give you “poetic license” to not use it.

Set your poem aside for a day or two then pull it back out. Revise it. Anything goes, and anything can be sacrificed for the sake of a better poem.

Enjoy your creation.

Contest!  Wouldn’t it be fun to build a communal deck? Contribute the words from your lists as a comment. I’ll hold back posting your comments and contributing my list until 10:00 A.M. Wednesday morning (Pacific time)–so no one can steal from anyone else’s list.

The prize for the best list? A free 10 page edit and critique.

And remember, share your poems with each other. Be sure to praise the strengths you see one another’s work.

And share your work here. I’d love to see what you came up with!

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One thought on “Play with Your Words! Poetry Prompt #4: Poetry Poker

  1. :( No one entered the Poetry Poker Word List contest, so there is no winner.
    However, I have been collecting words this week. Here’s my list:
    merriment
    cathedral
    soaring
    sparkling
    sapphire
    golden
    dragonfly
    love
    blessing
    sunlight
    read
    books
    Spring
    melodious
    chocolate
    heliotrope
    silver
    crimson
    amythest
    colored pencils
    quilt
    zephyr
    woods
    castle
    wildflowers
    butterfly
    whispering
    I’ll extend the contest deadline to noon Saturday. You may submit your word lists, but I won’t count words that are already on my list.
    The prize? A free ten page edit and critique.

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