Happy Poetry Friday!
Here’s another sticky note poem inspired by an N+7 exercise. It came out of the same riddle-ku that Wednesday’s poem, “Mama Says” did. Below it, you’ll find some steps of my writing process on this one.
Matt Forrest Esenwine has the roundup today. He’s got an interview up with fabulous poet Leslie Bulion about her new collection, Serengeti. I can’t wait to read both the interview and the book!
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Matt Forrest Esenwine says
Love the intimacy of your poem, Laura – and have to say, I’ve never heard of N+7! I guess I’ll have to check it out now! 😉
Laura, children will easily resonate with your poem; I know I do. The POV emotion/feeling of your words definitely come through. I’m piggy backing on Matt’s words: “I love the intimacy of the poem.” Thank you for sharing draft and final.
Thank you, Gail :>)
Patricia J. Franz is seeing ???? in ???? (@patriciajfranz1) says
I love that you showed your re-tries! And, what? You’re getting K-1s to write poetry?? Going back into your webpage for those activities (for my K-teacher sister)! Thank you!
Here’s a template for We Belong poems, which could be individual or group/class poems. I’ve only done them in a group so far. https://laurasalas.com/book-writing-thoughts/a-we-belong-poem-template-for-classrooms/ And in this post at https://laurasalas.com/book-writing-thoughts/my-first-in-person-author-visits-in-two-years/ you can see in one of the images the group poem with a line that inspired today’s poem… (I do lots of other kinds of group poems with K-1, too, and occasionally individual poems, but I’m not usually given small enough groups for that.)
Denise Krebs says
Laura, I’ve been here a while, reading this amazing process, learning about your Lion of the Sky book (and ordering it), and trying to figure out the process you used to write this beautiful poem of sharp and inky word–tattooed memories. Wow, it’s such a powerful poem on your sticky note today. Thank you.
Aw, thank you, Denise. The N+7 exercise is new to me, and I learned about it on a PF post (but I don’t remember whose). Basic definition is here: https://poets.org/text/brief-guide-oulipo And then I just look at the nonsense results and see what it sparks. In this case, “biceps” and “typewriter” made me think of tattoos. Which made me think of tattoo mistakes where people spell names wrong and such. Which made me think of how hard it is to fix words–on tattoos or when they’re spoken. That led to the first preachy draft. And then I tried to make it a bit more personal…to both me and a K-1 student who broke my heart on a school visit recently. THanks so much for being interested!
Denise Krebs says
That was helpful. Thank you, Laura. (The N+7 might have been on my post. Haha. Or Linda Mitchell’s the week before. https://mrsdkrebs.edublogs.org/2022/03/10/poetry-friday-ouvroir-de-litterature-potentielle/ Though I didn’t do interpretation and improve the poem that came out of the dictionary, so thank you for your thought process.
I think I did see it on your or Linda’s post, Denise! Thank you. Yeah, I used it more as a springboard than as a poem creator. Fun to try using these things in different ways. I’m so grateful for the many writing prompts I get through Poetry Friday posts!
Bridget Magee says
Brilliant poem, Laura! “hard to erase”…yes.
And thanks for the behind-the-screen look at your process. 🙂
Such a powerful poem, Laura. Thanks for sharing this with us, along with a glimpse of the poem’s evolution.
Oof–that one IS sharp. I like seeing how even n+7 nonsense can lead to new images.