Poetry Training, NSSHS, 28 Oct 2011; 1st participant’s name: _________________
Poetry Exercise: Fixed / Formal Verse (>pass always TO YOUR RIGHT>>)
1st participant: At “1” below write a single line of verse of at least 8 syllables (no more than 12) with at least one identifiable poetic technique or figure and ending with a word or sound that’s not too hard to rhyme. (Example: “In fade-out from a nothing day I felt a circling light.”) When finished, pass to person on right.
2nd Participant: At “2” use at least one identifiable poetic technique or figure in writing a second single line of verse of comparable length that may or may not rhyme with line 1. Try to continue the images, thought, theme, or sounds started in line 1. When finished, pass to person on right.
3rd, 4th . . . (etc.) participants: At the appropriate number, write another single line of verse that continues thoughts, themes, images, or sounds started in line 1 + one identifiable poetic technique or figure.
Final participant (5-8?): try a concluding line with a strong rhyme on a strong word.
Delay jokiness or sabotage as long as possible.
1 In fade-out from a nothing day I felt a circling light
2 and breathed a menthol known at once as risk.
3 "It's you again," one of us said. "It might
4 not hurt to say hello or steal a kiss."
5 Then left me there the cupped hand of the time
6 I had to spend on all between us from that day.
7 I can't give up. To lose this world's the crime
8 For which I'm sentenced and for you must pay.