Food as Metaphor

nypl.digitalcollections.b2e3353a-c3d5-1f05-e040-e00a18060630.001.wThink of different foods and drinks. Imagine preparing a dish or think of the steps you take when you eat something. What toppings do you add to your pizza, and how do you eat it? I tend to like Hawaiian pizza with ham and pineapple, and I usually eat the crust first. Bring these details to a poem, but I also want you to transform your food and drink into a metaphor, to say something about an emotion or action that people take. See Naomi Nishab Nye’s The Traveling Onion for an example.

Search Engine Interactions

How do search engines impact yoGooglesearch1ur life? What story do your searches tell? If you commonly use Google, try this exercise: while logged in, start typing each letter of the alphabet into Google and see what searches it remembers or suggests to you. Pick the most interesting search for each letter of the alphabet and string them together in an abecedarian poem. If you don’t use Google, think about an interesting search you’ve done lately. What information did you find out? How did it make you feel? Also check out Amber Tamblyn’s poem Untitled, which takes you on an emotional rollercoaster as she reports a series of searches.

When Science Meets Art

ScienceThis week, I want you to take a scientific fact and work it into a poem.  Perhaps you will write about how babies are born with about 300 bones at birth, but over time, the bones fuse into 206 bones… what does it mean to you to be more flexible, to have more components in youth? When we harden into adults what do we lose, emotionally as well as physically? Perhaps you are fascinated by the fact that Venus is the only planet in our solar system to turn clockwise… is it love spinning on an axis, opposite of the rest of the universe? Perhaps only love can carry us through time. Make sure to personalize your scientific fact somehow, or make it so the reader can connect to it on emotional level. Images always help! Enjoy Jane Hirshfield’s My Proteins for an example of how it’s done.