I place one word slowly
in front of the other,
like learning to walk again
after an illness.
But the blank page
with its hospital corners
I want to lie down
in its whiteness
and let myself drift
all the way back
1. Does the sight of a blank page, or a giant snowdrift, lull you into a trance? Let your mind wander. Trace your pen over the page without looking, making random marks for a few minute. You might want to close your eyes, too. Then take a few deep breaths and look at what you are “written,” and make a journal entry about the process, and whether or not the “product” of your pen’s random wandering might be some kind of secret message you could decode.
2. Notice how the poet says she places one word “in front of” the other, although we write one word AFTER another. What would happen if you put a word at the bottom of the page, and then added words in front of it?
3. Write a poem about February. It might be a Valentine poem, or a poem with lines beginning with F-E-B-R-U-A-R-Y, or a poem about waiting for spring — or all of these, and more! Be sure to share your poems with friends.
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