Before I get to today’s poem draft, I have to say how much I have loved celebrating Poetry Month with my students this week. Although we read poetry all year, we have been discussing a different poem every day this week. It has been astonishing to listen to their comments on poems by Plath, Whitman, Wordsworth, Jack Gilbert, and Hannah Stephenson so far. Next week will include Tony Hoagland, Douglas Goetsch, Dana Guthrie Martin and Melissa Stein.
Today’s poem came from a prompt I gave to my students after reading Jack Gilbert’s “Michiko Dead.” The prompt asked writers to choose an emotion and write about it in extended metaphor. (I can’t wait to see their completed drafts…I think they will be better than mine.)