How to Make a Poem that Flies
If you want to put some life in a poem,
a little extra heart,
you might find that personification
is a pretty good place to start.
Make things act like they’re alive!
It’s a poetry delight.
Watch how I use it now to say—
“It was a stormy night.”
The clouds began to growl!
So in your poems, or in your prose,
or in your conversation
look for little clever ways
to insert a personification.
It’ll get to be a habit,
one of those everyday things,
one of the ways a poet learns
to give a poem its wings.
Then if your poem can find someone
to read its words out loud,
those wings will fill with air and soar
above the highest cloud.
© 2010 Brod Bagert. All rights reserved.
perform a few of his pieces in this video interview - it's well worth a peek.
As I mentioned last week, I'm a sucker for poems about poetry, and I have a soft spot for poems that define English language concepts, too, so Personification was a slam dunk for me. I particularly love how personification is not only defined by example but also demonstrated after the definition. And yes... I plan to perform this poem soon and have a blast, particularly since the poet did the hard work and already brought it to life. I look forward to a chance to hear Brod Bagert in person, but until then I'm thrilled to have him here as part of 30 Poets/30 Days.
Yesterday David L. Harrison had us all Lookit! Tomorrow... Cousins of Clouds by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer! For more on 30 Poets/30 Days and ways to follow along, please click here.