Friday, July 30, 2010

Weekend Assignment Reliquary Poem

Here are some step-by-step guidelines. Use them loosely. Feel free to look up Poem to Keep What I Love by Taij Silverman.

A fifty-line minimum poem (five ten line stanzas or ten fives or one big block or several haiku, or single lines threading out, or a mix.)

1. Use at least six lines of anaphora. (Lines that begin with the same word or phrase.)

2. Write one aphorism or false wisdom or proverb. Love is the wax museum the torches of time visit.

3. Use one proper noun or more.

4. Include one off-rhyme and one eye rhyme somewhere throughout the poem. You can use more. Eye-rhymes look to rhyme but don't. Stone/one Love/stove

5. Consider the use of quotes or bits of found information, quotes, song lyrics, instructions, facts about the thing or things of your poem.

Think of this poem as a keeping place for things that would otherwise be in the junk drawer of our lives. Consider the way Silverman uses it, the things we discussed about figures in history or film, our own cultures, crayon factories, etc.

Have it typed with copies for Monday.

Thanks and have a great weekend.

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