Originally posted on Resting my eyes:
A very useful writing exercise is to pick 10 words at random, just as they pop into your mind. Either alone or with a friend alternating picks. Then write a short poem–the shorter the better–using the words. It encourages novel word usage, combinations of words, etc. You can use any form of the word, even a homonym if it works in your poem.
Here are some examples I’ve been finding in random notebooks:
The words: blend, early, slant, neat, point, capture, hairpin, gray, float & eager
The hairpin point that early
springs the slanted gate,
lets blend the eager gray mare
with shadowed pastures
afloat with dew.
The words: mango, erect, spoon, piano, gray, terrible, ground, camera, sudden & sour
His baby spoon in the piano clinked terribly
would soothe the stain
ground into her rug
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