A list poem, also called a catalog poem, consists of an itemization of things or events. List poems can rhyme or not, and they can be of any length. Walt Whitman, Gertrude Stein, and Allen Ginsberg wrote poems that included lists or poems that were lists. Read Ginsberg’s Howl to see how he used descriptive, repetitive verse and also because you should! Everyone should! The phrasing and speed of his poem will keep you awake and reading.
I’ve written a short list poem for you to peruse.
Animals Are Preferable
Animals are preferable to people because they do not drive,
nor do they smoke, nor do they connive.
Animals are preferable to people because they do not blather
on and on about things that don’t matter.
Animals are preferable to people because they do not gossip,
nor do they gloat, nor strive to “make it.”
Animals are preferable to people because they do not waste
time, nor money, nor my patience.
Create a Found Poem by turning the mundane into something interesting. Re-frame words, phrases, and whole passages found on a page of a book. Loving books as I do, I’d suggest you choose a book found on shelves at a thrift store. If someone didn’t love a book enough to keep it, it’s likely a good one to use for this project. Be creative. You don’t have to block out text like I did. Find a unique way to highlight the text you want as part of your Found Poem.
I am talking about
chains of gold
chains all the same
interrupted comfort and calm
to lose us
not seeing without any sense
this is almost incomprehensible
It’s so difficult
a need of you.
After reading some Haiku at A Haiku for No One, I’m inspired to write a few Haiku poems of my own (5-7-5 syllable format). It’s pretty easy. Why don’t you follow the formula and write a few poems?
I’m having a dream.
It is a lucid fancy.
Here I am with you.
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A sun beam breaks through
a bracket of plump marshmallows.
The gray cat sunbathes.