Exercises for Poets
1. Five Ways to Begin Writing a New Poem
- Actively seek inspiration by looking in your journal for ideas or reading other people's poems; don't analyze, just seek stimulation.
- Use your five senses – don't rely solely on visual images; remember your senses of touch and smell. Pay attention to music, and not just the music we hear on radio and TV: listen to the natural and manmade rhythms around you, including the sounds of mechanical objects and engines. Remember to always strive for "fresh language" and avoid clichés.
- Make a list of your most memorable experiences from the past year. Are there details you remember that no one...