Twenty Little Poetry Projects


Your words are candy apple

on dainty fairy wings pinned

on a board for all to see, tasting 

of sweetness like jelly beans rolling

on your tongue, and touching 

the hooded lady in the most 

intimate parts of her soul, chiming

in the cajoling wind as the scent 

of roses lures the senses in your trap.

And I falter under your potent gaze,

coition as eminent as spring rains

creaking in the New England night

where Nephthys keeps her bed.  Nothing

sweet about your honeyed words, sucking

nectar from my flower while fanning

it dry with your paper wings blowing

in the air between us, a nettling show

of poppycock where your inattention

erects spires on my chest and you beg

for labial facials upon my neck.  The 

wanton trollop of temptation walks 

beside me, though not without a limp 

in her sexy gait, and my halo breaks

as pure as lightning in a storm while you,

floating on a cloud with your head upon

moon's shoulder, haughtily call her

by name, kismet rising to meet you

head-on, a warning of our demise,

as the dancing springs warm 

my clenching body in honeyed dew.

Two are better than one sinking 

into Dante's peak, sin blooming

in plumes of ash, el que por su gusto

muere su agonia le sabe a gloria.

But your fingers beg me to keep them

warm in my embrace as wetness 

dribbles from your lips.


1. Begin the poem with a metaphor.

2. Say something specific but utterly preposterous.

3. Use at least one image for each of the five senses, either in succession or scattered randomly throughout the poem.

4. Use one example of synesthesia (mixing the senses).

5. Use the proper name of a person and the proper name of a place.

6. Contradict something you said earlier in the poem.

7. Change direction or digress from the last thing you said.

8. Use a word (slang?) you’ve never seen in a poem.

9. Use an example of false cause-effect logic.

10. Use a piece of talk you’ve actually heard (preferably in dialect and/or which you don’t understand).

11. Create a metaphor using the following construction: “The (adjective) (concrete noun) of (abstract noun) . . .”

12. Use an image in such a way as to reverse its usual associative qualities.

13. Make the persona or character in the poem do something he or she could not do in “real life.”

14. Refer to yourself by nickname and in the third person.

15. Write in the future tense, such that part of the poem seems to be a prediction.

16. Modify a noun with an unlikely adjective.

17. Make a declarative assertion that sounds convincing but that finally makes no sense.

18. Use a phrase from a language other than English.

19. Make a non-human object say or do something human (personification).

20. Close the poem with a vivid image that makes no statement, but that “echoes” an image from earlier in the poem.


This poem is about: 
Our world


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