Poetry Tow Truck 29: Ugly Ducklings and Transformations

There are certain words in the English language that sound just plain ugly to me. Fork is one. Chunky. Oyster. I am sure that you have your own pet peeves when it comes to the way words sound. We also hold negative associations with words that have hurt us or that we link with unpleasant experiences. Wound. Pig. Stupid.

Today, I will ask you to take one of your “ugly” words and transform it into something beautiful. There are several ways to approach this.

Option One

Write an ode to a word/thing you find abhorrent. Find its beauty somewhere and praise it. If Pablo Neruda can make socks sounds wonderful, you can do that for a fork. Or whatever your word is.

Option Two

Make a long list of words you do not like. Then use all/some of them in a poem about someone or something or some place that you love.

Option Three

Make a list of words that sound beautiful to you. Undulate. Cocoon. Superfluous. Fluid. Using this list of lovely words, write about something ugly or unpleasant. Make the vile beautiful.

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