Poetry, Writing

The Cut Up

It’s that time again. In this weeks blog, I’ll share a little writing exercise I’ve used before to write a poem and then I’ll share one that I made using it.
The exercise usually goes by the name of a “cut up” or “cut out” poem. The premise is to take a newspaper or magazine, select a few pages, and scan them. You don’t want to focus on what the stories or articles are about. You just scan for words and phrases that jump out at you or really speak to you. Underline them as you go.
Once you have a handful of these words and phrases, you incorporate one or two into each line of the poem. This can be done in a variety of ways. Create 4 or 5 lines, then repeat the process or write an entire poem from one list. This often helps you create interest, weird , yet surprising word and phrase combinations that somehow still make sense.
I made this poem using the card game description in the local paper. It took about 10 or 15 minutes, sitting at the kitchen table, to get most of it done. Then I just edited and added a few finishing touches. Try it out if you ever get stumped for something to write. As always, feel free to like, comment, and share. Stay focused and Write On.

Just try turning off your mind,
and drifting in the comfort of knowing
That nothing, and everything, will change
In those simple moments of synaptic solitude


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