Friday, February 29, 2008

Poetry Tips: Mad Lib Poetry

Yes, it is just what you think it means. Start a poem and leave blanks for nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, and see if you can fill them with words given by friends, family, and snatches of conversation. This idea came to me when my husband and I started playing Mad Libs several nights in a row. You could turn this idea into all kinds of things. For one, you could solicit e-mails from friends requesting nouns, verbs, etc., select the winner, fill out the poem, then e-mail the winning rendition to everyone. You could also leave the blanks, mail it via snail mail and see if you get any response. Plus, think of all the times you try to write poems and get stuck on a word that fits in with a particular line, or trying to create a rhythm but the words for it don’t materialize right away. Now you can turn it into something much more fun by leaving some blanks for others to fill out. Happy Leap Year!
Have fun and may the muse be with you!

Note: For my regular readers you may know that I’ve been seeking answers to several questions in my Feb. 15th post for Poetry Tips and I now have enough responses to post answers to the tip questions for each Friday in March and the first week of April. Thanks to everyone for their participation!

Also, thanks for reading and please come by tomorrow for another poetry blog…


WorldClassPoet said...

Hey PH,

I tagged you for six-word memoir. Come by World Class Poetry Blog and play.

Poet Hound said...

Okay! I'll do my best to step up to the challenge!