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:

Poet, blogger and owner of Lola the alert dog. Be the Change, Apes to Zebras, The Same Inside, Reaching the Stars, Animal Magic. I visit schools, libraries, literary festivals, and organise poetry events. I give Zoom lessons on writing poetry for children. http://www.poetryroundabout.com http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com @Lizpoet

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