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Exploring Haiku, Calligram, Acrostic, and Persona Poems
Just 4 Kidz: A Poetry Primer
By Molly Anderson-Childers
Have You Seen This Missing Persona?
A persona poem is an interesting way to experiment with different poetic styles and voices. Persona poems allow your imagination to run wild! You can create a poem from the perspective of another person, an animal, an inanimate object, or even your favorite cartoon character!
Try this… Close your eyes. Imagine you are a tiger. Every detail is important… what do you see, smell, taste, fee, and hear? When you have formed a clear picture in your mind, write about it. I’m guessing you’ll find a poem hidden somewhere!
The Case of the Lost and Found Poems
Sometimes I lose a poem. This is sad, but when your house is full to bursting with journals and notebooks, it happens more often than I’d like to admit. I’m willing to bet that the same thing happens to all poets once in awhile, no matter how careful they are. Poems are tiny, slippery creatures, prone to disappearing at the first opportunity.
And sometimes, if I’m extremely lucky and observant, I can find a poem out in the world, just waiting for me to discover it. What is a found poem? Good question! I don’t mean copying someone else’s work — that’s plagiarism, and no self-respecting writer does it. No, I’m talking about finding poetry hidden in the random words you see every day. Grocery stores, coffee-shops, newspaper ads, dictionaries, phone books, and junk mail contain tiny bits of poems for the Poetic Detective who is willing to dig a little deeper to solve this tricky case.
Look around and find some interesting words, phrases and names. Re-arrange them, throw some out, add a few favorites from your Word-Pool, and soon a found poem will emerge like magic!
Creative Ways to Share Your Work
“Look around and find some interesting words, phrases and names. Re-arrange them, throw some out, add a few favorites from your Word-Pool, and soon a found poem will emerge like magic!”
Last month, we explored book-making as a way to combine poetry and visual art and share your work with others. Here are a few more marvelous ideas… enjoy! There is great satisfaction in knowing that your poems are out there in the wide world, having adventures of their own and giving the reader unexpected gifts.
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