Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Tips for Teaching Students to Write Poetry
1) Marinate kids in lots of poems. Students need two kinds of poetry: playful poems they “get” quickly, as well as deeper poems that haunt them.
2) Write small. Poets take pleasure in naming the world. Look for the odd, disturbing detail.
3) “The secret wish of poetry is to stop time.” (Charles Simic) Try to render the experience, not explain it. Don’t say too much.
4) Try to create tension in the poem.
5) Look for the mystery in your subject.
6) See if you can end with your strongest line.
7) Listen to suggestions, but learn to trust yourself.
Posted by Ralph Fletcher at 12:33 PM
Sunday, November 17, 2013
How To Cook A Flower
Stir seeds into well-drained soil.
Fold in a half-cup live worms.
Sprinkle in occasional rain
until green shoots appear.
Blend in sun mixed with shade.
Add a dash of moonlight.
Bake on low four to six weeks
in the unhurried oven of summer.
When the air starts smelling sweet
it’s ready to be served—almost.
Swirl in butterflies.
Whip in bees.
© Ralph Fletcher
Posted by Ralph Fletcher at 2:57 PM