Monday, April 16, 2018

Poem #16 - Experiment with Words

Welcome to my 2018 National Poetry Month Project! I love projects!
It is wonderful to find so many folks are joining in at blogs and elsewhere. 
All are welcome!

This year at The Poem Farm, I will be writing a new poem every day about the constellation Orion.  Every day I will highlight a new poetic technique, a technique used by poets and by writers of other genres as well. After all, the techniques of poets are the techniques of all writers. I will be using my Fall 2017 Heinemann book, POEMS ARE TEACHERS, to lead me as I write all April long.

My hope is that some readers might also choose to dive deeply into writing about 1 Subject 30 Ways, to stick with one subject for a few days or for a whole month, approaching it from a variety of perspectives, in a multitude of structures, and with many playful word explorations.

Here is a list of this month's poems so far:

And's technique.

Experiment with Words/Wordplay Drafting
Photo by Amy LV

Students - Today's poem was fun to write!  I approached it with the joy of sound, just looking for something Orion-y to play with word-wise.  It was not difficult to settle on his right shoulder star (left as you look at it) - Betelgeuse.  There are various pronunciations of star's name - just as there are varying stories of Orion's myth - but I needed to choose one, and the idea of a beetle drinking juice...well, I could not pass that one up.

There are many ways to play with words.  I am diddling around with sounds here, but often I like to smush words together to create two words out of one. It is also fun to make up your own words when you cannot find just the right one.  Poets and writers of all genres experiment with words and play until we find what is just right for our meaning and sound. We hope to offer our readers something interesting - and maybe even surprising - to read out loud.

In my book POEMS ARE TEACHERS, I highlight experimenting with words and wordplay with a poem by Douglas Florian. The title of his poem (page 152) is "Roam Poem."  The two student poet mentors (page 155) are Jeremy P. with "The Tool that Came to School" and Charlotte P. with "River Song."  Thank you to these poets, and thank you to the teachers of the student poets in this book!

Remember, you can connect with all kinds of poetry goodness happening throughout April 2018 at my introductory National Poetry Month post HERE.

See you tomorrow...with starting with setting!


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  1. I didn't know betelgeuse was a thing! Thought it was just a fun movie from the 80s. I think you're going to like my new word I created today!

  2. This is a playful poem. I chuckled at the end when i read the name of your shoulder. I don't think I've thought to name personal body parts before. Playing w/ words may be my favorite thing about writing poetry.

  3. It's funny, Amy. Bruce certainly is easier to know how to pronounce!

  4. HA! You made me laugh out loud!

  5. Very cute. Kids would love to name their body parts!