Posted in National Poetry Day 2021

National Poetry Day: Choosing Words

Emanuele Comotti

National Poetry Day is on Thursday this week – the theme is CHOICE. Today I have a poem about choosing words!

How do you choose just the right word for a poem? Do you use the one you first think of? Sometimes that IS the correct word – poem lines should be easy to read and use direct language.

But if you read the poem as a whole, and notice a repeat, or realise a word doesn’t express precisely what you were trying to say – or think of another word that is alliterative and makes the poem more interesting to say out loud – then it can be changed.

Here’s my poem about choosing words for a poem!

Choosing Words

Place to match the pattern with no seams

Or to clash with a dissonance that pleases

Use no jam that sits stickily on the tongue

Slice them with a scalpel, make them bleed

Hurl them, leave an outline on the paper

Breathe them gently into being to goose-bump skin

Keep some grounded but pin others to the sky

Feather all so together they form wings 

Then read your poem out, and let it fly

Liz Brownlee

Author:

Award-Wining Children's Poet, Author, Wildlife and Climate enthusiast, NPD Ambassador, blogger and owner of Lola the retired alert dog and Paddy the alert dog in training. Books include CLiPPA shortlisted Being Me, Poems about Thoughts, Worries and Feelings, Editor of Shaping the World, Author of Be the Change, Apes to Zebras, The Same Inside, Reaching the Stars and Animal Magic. I visit schools, libraries, literary festivals via Zoom and give lessons on writing poetry for children. http://www.poetryroundabout.com http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com @LizBrownlee@zirk.us @Lizpoet

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