How to Write A Poem | March 26-April 6, 2009

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This is a serial telling of my falling-in-love story. Read the story from the very beginning here.


Email from: Jeremy

To: Liz

p.p.p.s Can we plan a “Poetry Slam” (party) for our friends? =)


Email from: Liz

To: Jeremy

Um, yes. We’re definitely planning a poetry slam. We all have to wear black and bring bongos.

In fact, I wrote a poem today! (by the way) And I kinda like it- course I did just write it thirty minutes ago, so I’ll probably read it later and be embarrassed.


Email from: Jeremy

To: Liz

berets and cigarettes. don’t forget those.


Email from: Liz

To: Jeremy

I’m thinking of having people over for slam/party on Monday. Can you help me plan the slam part?


Email from: Jeremy

To: Liz

Yeah- totally let’s slam that thing!

How about I look up websites on “how to write poetry” so we can give people a guide? what else do you need? a poster? a sample poem? an awe-inspiring speech? just let me know.


Email from: Liz

To: Jeremy

Do you want to send out a handy poetry email to everybody? You could maybe send them your sample poem and those how-to websites (although, actually, if you summarized, that would probably go over better). Eh? Eh?


Email from: Liz

To: Everybody

Hi, friends!

I’m turning 22 next Friday and I want to have a party at my house on MONDAY before I leave (I leave on Wednesday–ah!). Jeremy and I were also talking about throwing a poetry slam, so I thought, why not combine the two???? Double the fun, right?!? 🙂

SO the fun will start at 6 and we’ll have dinner and then we’ll act like beat poets. I require that everyone wear black and bring one candle, and the more berets, the better! Oh, and someone should bring a set of bongos for mood music.

Ideally, everybody should bring something to read, and by that I mean something of high literary merit, like the back of the salad dressing bottle or a Dr. Seuss poem. Actually, real poetry is acceptable too, just be sure that whatever you read, you put your heart and soul into the delivery. J Grant will also hopefully be sending out a “how to write a poem” email (nudge, nudge).

Let the snapping begin!


Email from: Jeremy

To: Everybody

How to write poetry:

1. Find something that makes you cry. (Onions don’t count)

2. Decide on a style.

Possible styles include:
Haiku: a three line poem. The first line has 5 syllables, the second
has 7, and the third has 5 syllables.
Free verse: this is easy cause nothing has to rhyme, you don’t have to follow the rules. Color outside the lines so to speak…
Sonnet: sonnet’s use a rhyming pattern of ABAB CDCD EFEF GG. What that means I have no idea.
Rhyming couplet and quatrain: This is too complicated to get into…look it up on wikipedia.

3. Put into words whatever it is that makes you cry. Use lots of
metaphors. Compare your broken heart to a leaky gasket on your creepy uncle’s riding lawnmower… etc…

4. Presentation is important. Even if your poem is crappy- if your presentation is good, people will likely think they just don’t
understand it cause it’s “so deep.” Be SUPER-serious. Include dramatic pauses. And hand motions.

5. If people ask you what your poem means- don’t say anything. Make them feel stupid by raising your eyebrows and pursing your lips. Gloat in your superiority.

See you at the SLAM. mam’, jamin’ for the lamb.


From: Jeremy

To: Liz

Hey poetry slam/b-day stuff is tonight? yes?


Sample Poem,                                                                                     written in red pen, with accompanying illustrations.

Roses are this color,

Violets are not this color,

You’re having a birthday,

Not no one other…

And stuff. Happy birthday! Liz, it’s been great having you around. I appreciate the way you think and what you add to our group.


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I am writing and serially publishing scenes from my falling-in-love memoir, about the anguished, beautiful, and spiritual way that my husband and I met, fell in love, and married. Read about my plans for this in-progress writing project here.

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About Liz Grant

Published author. Married to an artist. Two kids. Lives in a brick house in Denver, Colorado. Follower of Jesus. Find me on Instagram @elizcharlottegrant.

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