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Under a smooth moon
we watch fireworks
heave purple fluff
and spray a thousand blossoms
down summer shadows
to where we cuddle,
flame-drunk, bliss blistered,
at the frantic pull
to soar away,
to be all light.
From Muddy-fingered Midnights, 2013. p. 44.
I composed this piece using magnetic poetry sets, and the image that got the whole thing going was "fireworks." I spread my collection of magnetic words across a tabletop and picked out any and every word that might connect to how fireworks look, sound, and feel either literally or metaphorically. I also thought about contexts in which one experiences fireworks and the emotion of those contexts.
Once I had a big stack of words, I got down to composing. Fluff needed a color modifier, and purple had a repeating vowel sound. Blister and flame bring to mind the fire of fireworks; I wanted both burning terms to resonate with the romantic context, so I paired them with modifiers that give them a passionate twist. Many of my first choices weren't used; many of the strongest images needed to be contextualized, which meant digging for more words that would resonate with them.
What are your favorite tools for brainstorming and developing ideas? Have you ever played with magnetic poetry kits?
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