National Poetry Month: How to Write a Poem

Written by Professor Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan, Long Island Poet of the Year

How to Write a Poem

Begin with the lump in your throat,
the anguish in your heart,
let it simmer, swell, seep into your bones.

Set it aside and look for the proper container:
form, lyrical, free verse. Make sure you wash the
remnants of other poems cleanly away.

Use adjective, adverbs, prepositions and
articles sparingly; these are useless and signal
you do not trust your guest’s discerning taste.

Open your salty rivers, let just enough to
flow into your mixture, allow verbs and
nouns to bring forth clear images.

Stir imagination into the mix deftly until thickened
into a poem which can stand on its own,
and the guest can savor the pain.

Put your creation out to cool on the windowsill.
Be sure to watch out for pecking birds who would
delight in devouring your creation.

After the heat has dissipated give your prize a second look
for any imperfections, dust off, place into a tidy title box,
finally, wrap your name around in the shape of a bow.

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