I’ve been working with the “list poem” idea from an Arts Propel book (which came out of Howard Gardner’s Project Zero). Here’s our version…
Step One: Choose one of the following categories (or sets of categories):
– Things You Like / Things You Don’t Like
– Things You Know / Things You’ve Forgotten
– Things You’ve Found / Things You’ve Lost
– Fight or Flight: Challenges You’ve Met / Challenges You’ve Run From or Avoided
Step 2: Then, free-write a list of things that fit into that category for you. Feel free to take a real brainstorming approach with this – don’t worry too much about how (or even if) an item fits on the list. If it comes to your mind, just write it.
Step Three: After 5 minutes or so of free-writing, look at your list and see how you could shape it into a poem… or story… or whatever you like.