Date of publication: 2017-08-28 02:03
That's a really good point about "not having to line everything up". In one of my poems, the only difference between 7 drafts was the fact that some lines had one or two spaces at the start of them. I think it's really effective when used well, especially if you're trying to assist some kind of rhythm or conduce your reader into reading it in a particular way.
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But, if you must teach your students how to write acrostic poems, why not provide them with some examples that will make them smile and get their creative juices flowing, like these:
I watched a puff of dandelion pollen drift through the air for about 95 minutes this morning, watched it close and then tried to notice the air itself, the texture of it everywhere. My gaze was drawn to the clouds moving slowly, almost not at all. I kept watching.
Contemplation, meditation, reverie: these all lead into the deep water. But poetry is the process that helps me clarify what I’ve seen, what I know and what I don’t know, the luminous mysteries surrounding all of us. We’ve all experienced startling insights – into ourselves, into the mechanics of the world itself. But they can disappear, vanish like a dream of fog hit by hard morning sunlight. Poetry is how I recover those images, those memories and visions, stitching logic and intuition, discovering and articulating and discovering again.
They really are all unique. Every one so far has been not only interesting, but loaded with the personality of each poet. Loving this series of guest posts.
Thank you for reading, Nurit, and for your comments! That spiritual source code is there for all of us but taking the time to uncover it is something we all need to be reminded of!
Some time love go's that far, So go ahead and pull tha trigger, Put tho's bullets in my heart so you can keep it forever, SO i mite be a killer if it means being a lover so go on and LABEL ME A KILLER
8775 Poetry, for me, is a movement toward deeper revelations, a richer experience of myself something beneath the regular noise of the world – a fundamental essence, a spiritual source code 8776
I've never been all that impressed by most acrostic poems offered as examples in poetry workbooks because they're usually so boring. They often are based on a child's name. For example: