Tuesday, May 9, 2017
DMC: "A Recipe for Poetry" by Brenda Davis Harsham
A RECIPE FOR POETRY
Preheat the oven.
Set a deadline.
Measure flour, sugar, eggs.
Sift emotions, moments, images.
Set mixer to medium.
Swirl words, rearrange, refine, redefine.
Do not overmix.
Avoid tunnel vision.
Insert cupcake papers.
Framework and structure help it rise.
Fill papers to three-quarters. Do not overfill.
Long division, slice away excess.
Wait. Garden. Paint sunflowers. Play Vivaldi.
Start a new project. Do counter-stretches.
Help the original idea shine.
Top with imagination: sprinkles, sugars, monkey smiles.
Add jazz, pizzazz, razzle-dazzle.
Take the words inside.
Sing them, slam them, ping them, fan them.
© 2017 Brenda Davis Harsham. All rights reserved.
Click HERE to read this month's interview with Melissa Manlove, Senior Editor at Chronicle Books. Her DMC challenge is to write a poem that explores how writing (or a book) is like something else.
Post your poem on our May 2017 padlet. While some contributions will be featured as daily ditties this month, all contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, May 26th. Two lucky participants will win a book published by Chronicle earlier this year: LOVING VS. VIRGINIA by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Shadra Strickland, or LOVE IS by Diane Adams, illustrated by Claire Keane.