al… I love this poetry prompt that will make the meaning of your poem even more blurry. It’s a surrealist poetry exercise that is handy if you have that writing mood but have no idea what to write. I get this mood quite a lot, so this prompt really comes in handy.
When it comes to surrealism, most people just think of paintings like the ones by Salvador Dali pictured here, but any kind of art can be surreal. It’s not for everyone, but it can definitely be fun to play around with.
“Your Words, My Poem” Prompt
- Cut out words or phrases from a magazine, newspaper, your own writing, or just fun words you have heard recently.
- Mix them up.
- Draw some from the pile.
- Create a poem using only these strips of words.
Your poem may not make any sense whatsoever, but that’s okay. It may take some editing, but eventually, your poem will be equally confusing and beautiful. I’m not sure how that diachotimy works, exactly, but it is quite fun to play with.
Here is my favorite poem that has come from this exercise:
The Day I Regretted Leaving
When phones disappear
I think about your
ice cubes on the floor.
The first time in a long ellipsis
the chair fell right out from under me
and there is no hope.
We took the elevator lower than the basement.
(What are night terrors?)
You could not remember
the air being sucked out of the room.
So come relax in endless summers past,
Over three years ago you stamped
my initials with
a perfectly good poem thrown in the trash.
Do not inhale or ingest
to change the pigment.
We were on the dark water
like syrup, its blush
that raked heaven for rain
when you could turn back time…
Like aluminum crickets,
ribbons of dance shoes flutter in the wind.
(That’s what plays at an Opera House.)
I must wait here
when the world is crashing down
like slime and incredible harm.
The ground was of memories and images,
I love and remember, as if
my grandpa’s favorite chair was sold.