The Joy of Writing: Recap

Last week I shared another edition of my poetry workshop Joy of Writing. The topic was love poems, and I had some great responses . Here is an incredible poem written from the exercise by Kim Stapf.

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You kiss my lips
I tremble down deep
I can feel my heart pumping
With every touch I burn
I’m trapped with no way out

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The Joy of Writing: Love Poems

It is my firm belief that anyone can write poetry. It is not an art reserved for the learned or the few. Much like painting it can be taught. I want to walk you through a process today much like Bob Ross did in his series, Joy of Painting. We will have colors on our palette much the same comprising nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Follow along, express yourself, and above all, have fun.

The Joy of Writing

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It’s another fantastic day and I’m happy you’re here to write with me.  Remember, we can all be poets and express ourselves. Because that’s what it’s really about: expressing ourselves. Just stay confident and stay writing.

Today we’re going to try something a little different.  I’m going to walk you through writing a love poem. First off, we have some basic nouns, or body parts:

Face; lips; hands; hearts

Now, that you’ve got those, let’s consider what we might do to these different body parts by looking at verbs:

Brush; kiss; burn; break

And finally, I’d like you to imagine how you will describe these body parts with adjectives:

Pale; dark; trembling; firm

The first thing you’ll want to do with these nouns is pair them with verbs. Think: how will I interact with the person I love? I’ll give examples but you can put them anyway you like.

Brush face

Kiss lips

Burn hands

Break hearts

After this we can determine who is kissing lips and breaking hearts.

The simplest form to take for all of these is you, the writer:

I brush your face

I kiss your lips

I burn your hands

I break your heart

But you can just as easily enjoy these things with the person you love:

We brush faces

We kiss lips

We burn hands

We break hearts

Remember your adjectives? We haven’t forgotten them. Take them from the list and pair them up: pale, dark, trembling, firm.

I brush pale faces

I kiss dark lips

I burn trembling hands

I break firm hearts

I hope you’re writing along because there’s one more step. Let’s try different perspectives in the same poem: I, you, or we.

We brush dark faces

We kiss pale lips

I burn trembling hands

You break firm hearts

Feel free to change and rearrange these in any way you see fit.  Every line doesn’t necessarily need an adjective.

I burn your hands

as we kiss lips

brushing dark faces and

breaking pale hearts

That’s it for today. Thank you so much for writing with me.

Remember to believe in your abilities and let me know how it turned out. I encourage you to share poems in the comment section or on your own blogs. Email me with any questions or concerns: beeditty@gmail.com

Until next time: stay confident and stay writing!

The Joy of Writing: Recap

About two weeks ago I posted a poetry workshop called Joy of Writing. I had some great responses and plan to post another this Sunday. Here are two poems written from the previous exercise by Kim Stapf and Brock Gates.

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by Kim Stapf

I touch the sky
With my eye
Watching the clouds go bye
Snapping a picture
The clouds move quicker
With just one clicker
I catch the picture

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My lover from another realm

by Brock Gates

She loves the blue earth
The elegant blue marble we float away on in the cosmic
sea
We love the skies in the twilight and at midnight
With bountiful heavenly bodies so illustriously close and yet
so vast and far away
We oscillate our voices with natures rhythmic tone
Of crickets and night song
I remember that hill
That we met on that summer night
Hidden love bright moon light
That was in another life

The Joy of Writing

It is my firm belief that anyone can write poetry. It is not an art reserved for the learned or the few. Much like painting it can be taught. I want to walk you through a process today much like Bob Ross did in his series, Joy of Painting. We will have colors on our palette much the same comprising nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Follow along, express yourself, and above all, have fun.

The Joy of Writing

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It’s a fantastic day and I’m glad you could join me. Let’s start out and run all the words across the screen that you need to write along with me.

First off, we have some basic nouns:

Sunset; sky; earth; people

Now, that you’ve got those, let’s look at some verbs:

Touch; taste; feel; love

And finally adjectives:

Alluring; elegant; red; blue;

The first thing you’ll want to do with these nouns is pair them with verbs. I’ll give examples but you can put them anyway you like.

Touch sky

Taste earth

Feel people

Love sunset

After this we can determine who is touching sky and loving sunsets.

The simplest form to take for all of these is you, the writer:

I touch the sky

I taste earth

I feel people

I love the sunset

But you can just as easily enjoy these things with someone else, perhaps a close friend or even lover.

We touch the sky

We taste earth

We feel people

We love the sunset

Remember our adjectives? We haven’t forgotten about them. Take them from the list and pair them up: alluring; elegant; red; blue.

I touch blue sky

I taste red earth

I feel alluring people

I love the elegant sunrise

Feeling confident? There’s one more step. Let’s try it from different perspectives in the same poem: I, you, or we.

I touch blue sky

You taste red earth

I feel alluring people

We love the elegant sunrise

Feel free to change and rearrange these in any way you see fit:

You taste red earth

I touch blue sky

We feel the elegant sunrise

We love alluring people

That’s it for today’s tutorial. Let me know how it turned out and be sure and share poems on your blog or in the comment section.

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