I love writing what I call “spontaneous poems.” Meaning, I love to write a little poem in a moment or for or about a person. I don’t edit them much, or at all, just kind of let them live however they come out. They might be OK, they might be crap. They might even be quite lovely. It doesn’t matter much, just that they are.
You can see a couple of old examples on an earlier post in this blog. I remember one night a few years ago hanging out with some girlfriends, writing a few little ditties on the spot for each of them. It was fun. One Valentine’s Day I wrote a Haiku for everyone in my family and sent them a little card.
Basically, I’m not a serious poet, but it’s fun and I’d like to do some more of it this summer, but could use a little help/inspiration!
We’ve been doing this poetry thing at work all year. Poetry contests, events with poets (more on erasure after I finally finish the book I am working on), we created a crowdsourced Tumblr all about poetry.
For our final spoken word event of the season, David Sedaris, we had a live “poetry bureau on site.” A dozen student writers banged out spontaneous poetry based on a few simple prompts that the perfect strangers filled out.
It was a lot of fun. Granted, I know that some people wouldn’t put the words “fun” and “poetry writing” or “poetry reading” in the same sentence. But, if you’re reading this, you’re in my world baby….and that shit’s fun to me.
The student writers were very clever and seemed to be having a blast. The writees eagerly awaited their personal poem to come hot off the old-school typewriter press. (They seriously used typewriters, it looked cool).
Anyway, I’d like to volunteer to be a poet in YOUR life and institute my own little virtual poetry bureau.
Send me an email: jessicaelizabethwolf (at) gmail (dot) com. (Or fill them out into the contact form here)
Include answers to the following questions.
- Favorite Color:
- Favorite Word:
- I wish:
- I’m hungry for:
- I love:
At some point (I won’t promise absolute immediacy, but I WILL get to it) you’ll get a lovely little poetic surprise in your inbox from yours truly.
And yes, I did requisition not one but TWO poems from our intrepid typewriting poets.
Here they are below.