Posted by: nancyisanders | August 27, 2012

Picture Books and Poetry

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing Poetry

by Nikki Moustaki

Moustaki recommends that we keep multiple journals if we want to write poetry. One reason is to keep journals handy so that wherever we are, if the poet’s muse strikes us, we can jot down our poetic inspirations.

Another reason she recommends this is to keep journals for different topics. One about fears, one about daily activities, one about humor, and so on.

So I have various writer’s journals I keep. I also keep a poetry journal. It’s fun to have this journal! I write down little snippets of word phrases that go together, short lists of rhyming words, and brainstorming ideas for children’s poetry. One of the poems actually gelled. It’s short, but so are many of Jack Prelutsky’s in his book, SOMETHING BIG HAS BEEN HERE. Here’s a poem I wrote about our cats when they were kittens.

The couch is a mountain for kittens to climb,
and under the chair is a cave.
The plant is a jungle with long swinging vines.
The tub is an ocean with waves.

I’m having fun with my journals…do you have any writing journals you’re writing in this summer?

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