Bakers Dozen: Creative Writing Workbook (Chapter 8, page 2 of 3)

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Chapter 8

You have never met me, yet once you read this acronym poem, you know me a little better. Your assignment is to write your own acronym poem using your own name.

B. Variation on the acronym poem. Find someone whom you know very well.

You write an acronym poem about that person and have that person write one about you.

Sometimes it's interesting to find out how others look at you.

NOTE: Don't be satisfied with single words in your acronym poems; use phrases because they are more detailed and give the reader a better picture of you.

C. Another personal poem that helps you understand yourself better is the "I Remember" poem. These are simple to write and very flexible. Each line/thought begins with "I remember". As you write, try to concentrate on seven special memories. If it helps, arrange them in chronological order starting with your earliest memory. Another good way to arrange them is in order of importance with your most important memory coming last (or first).

I remember hot, steaming chili at Grandma's house, cousins here; cousins there -- the delicious smell -- watered down so there was enough to go around.

I remember the chat dump, the sand hills, the pond, crawling up the hill on my belly with my brother chunking rocks at me.

I remember when Grandma died and wondering why she did not go to the doctor to get fixed up. The only one in school who cared -- Timmy, a boy I could not stand.

I remember junior high. New kids, new classes. Wandering around in a new building -- ninth graders laughing at us.

I remember 8th grade -- my baseball card-trading partner -- David Stokes, the only one who knew the St. Louis Cardinals' season was a matter of life and death.

I remember when David chose death, killing himself with one shotgun blast in the side, bleeding to death when no one helped him. An unforgivable sin? I hoped not.

I don't remember the blur of high school and college, my first teaching job, my marriage when I stood pale and frail and nearly fainted.

I remember Megan's birth -- her beauty - and counting her toes and fingers to make sure they were there.

The days of my life. I remember still.

D. Another personal poem you can write is an animal, vegetable, mineral poem.

Write a poem with three stanzas. In stanza one, compare yourself with at least two different animals. In stanza two, two plants; and in stanza three, two minerals. Arrange this poem any way you wish. The sample I am using tries to capture different personality traits. You might write one about your looks or about your hobbies.

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