Throwback Thursday: “write a poem about a lie”

secret by François et fier de l'Être is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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secret by François et fier de l’Être is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Last Thursday I wrote about a poetry class on “how to listen to a rock” at the Centrum Writers’ Conference last summer in Port Townsend, Washington.  Going over that poem reminded me of another poetry workshop I took.  This class was on the topic of “write a poem about a secret or a lie.”

Although I wrote a few different poems in this workshop, this is the one I liked best.  It’s called, “Can You Keep a Secret?”

CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?
Under an umbrella
  the sky burned blue
    with white clouds
the day you said it.
The secret goes into a 
  bluegrass man's fiddle
and comes out a song
it blows into the
  ear of a sudden line
    of poetry
and then it is done.

 

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19 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: “write a poem about a lie”

      1. Oh! You’re taking a poetry class, Miriam! How wonderful and how courageous! Poetry and writing poetry typically daunts most people. What made you decide to start? And, may I ask what a couple of the books are? I’m always on the lookout for books on poetry … I am definitely still learning too!

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      2. I bought Good Poems by Garrison Keller, and would like to get Poetry, an Introduction, by Michael Meyer. The second book is very expensive. So I bought the used book, it’s on the way to me. I also checked out a few book from the library. Poetry is easier than I thought. Some have forms, but most of them are free verses. As long as they flow.

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      3. Oh! Good Poems is awesome. I love his collection. I don’t know Meyer’s book, but I’m going to check it out!

        One book I have found really helpful is, Ted Kooser’s “The Poetry Home Repair Manual.” It was a textbook for a poetry class at my son’s community college, and I found it immensely valuable – for everything from how to use metaphor, to designing your opening line, to finding good titles for your poetry. 🙂 I don’t know about you, but when I took literature classes in school, they basically said, “write a poem” without a lot of underlying information about how to write a poem. So, Ted Kooser’s book “opened the gates” for me!

        Kudos! Maybe you’ll write in a future post about how your class is going!

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      1. Ah, always my huge pleasure.
        Haha! I feel like I’m so not creative these days but I’m just slightly overwhelmed. February is gonna be better, I promise. wink
        Much love and hugs xxx

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