In his poem, [little tree] https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/47304/little-tree, e e cummings imagines the spangles that sleep all year in a dark box dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine, the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads Today, we are thinking of spangles from the year. You can write about things from the year … Continue reading Spangles
Smell is hard to describe. When we mention a smell, we usually just use the name of the thing that is giving off that smell – lavender, coffee, banana, even, chip shop. Smell is brilliantly evocative. I smell coal tar soap and think of my father; sterilised milk, that is my Great Aunt Addie. Smell … Continue reading The Smell of …..
At the beginning of November, when it is getting chillier and afternoons turn dark, it is good to be inside in the warm. We like to be warm inside and out, so thoughts turn to hot chocolate, pumpkin soup, roasted chestnuts, and buttered toast with … what? Write about making toast: brown or white bread? … Continue reading Toasty
Today it is all about touch: about hot and cold, about rough and smooth; slimy or dry; crispy or silky. Make a list of words that are all about the touch of things, the texture of things, the heat and shape of things. Now let’s freewrite. Here are some sentence starters to get you going: walking … Continue reading In touch
It is nearly November 5th. In England at least, there are usually bonfires and fireworks around that time. Let’s really think about the sound of it all. It is dark when we set off fireworks, so maybe we notice the sounds more. Here is the beginning of a list poem by Mary O’Neill: The sound … Continue reading Sound of fire