Write a List Poem


Some of the most interesting poems are nothing more than lists of things.  Start by thinking of an interesting place in your house that has an unusual assortment of things in it to write about.  Consider one of these suggestions (What’s on the top shelf of my closet?  What’s under my bed? What’s in corner of the basement?  What’s in the pocket of my winter coat? What’s in that old box in the garage? What’s in the kitchen junk drawer?) or come up with one of your own.  Make that your opening line.  The rest of the poem is just a list of the items you find there.


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What’s in the kitchen junk drawer
One bag of AA batteries from 1984
A Scotch tape dispenser that doesn’t
Pieces of curly, dried out contact paper
Twisty ties that never will again
Stained Domino’s Pizza menus
Expired coupons and old Acme receipts
Sticky pennies
Dusty tic tacs melted onto a paper clip