Saturday, January 26, 2013

Personified Poetry: Sarah Kay's "A Love Letter"

I think this past month is the longest hiatus I've taken from blogging as I adjust my writerly wings and perform the juggling act of several new jobs. Among them is teaching another creative writing class through "Take My Word For It!" to 4th and 5th graders after school. You can view student excerpts read at the fall bookstore finale here.

The program director tried out a few prompts on some of us teachers as she was piloting an online creative writing class for teens. Most of my time is consumed with copywriting tours these days, so finding these exercises on my computer inspires me to bring back some of that creative juice into my hours, as I hope it does for you!

Here's a video of spoken word poet, Sarah Kay, performing “A Love Letter." Her project was to write a series of love letters between inanimate objects, using personification. In this piece she has composed a love letter from a toothbrush to a bicycle tire. 

Listen to her piece, followed by my own, and then try your hand at it. (Comments welcome!)





Here's mine:

Ball, you bounce around me
Like a rubber stamp
Marking territory

As I color the blacktop,
My slender chalk stalks
Drawing this pastel town we inhabit

You, always playing games
Passing me over or just rolling through
While I wash off with the rain.

3 comments:

rosaria williams said...

Nicole, you are a most generous soul!
Your entire blog could be a book on writing!

Nicole R. Zimmerman said...

Rosaria, gracious and steadfast reader, thank you for your feedback, always appreciated!

Promotional Pens said...

I really appreciate teachers who has the patience to make their students learn. Not all people are gifted in writing, others only develop the skill.

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