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!