An Idealist by Elle Vue

Reaching for red currants That explode like gushers in my eager mouth I allow the sun to golden my hair and bronze my skin. A midsummer day dream attaches to my mind as the wind kisses my forehead, beaded with salty sweat; Like a dragonfly to its short-lived lover, Of giants questioning Jove, of lingeringContinue reading “An Idealist by Elle Vue”

Prompt: Write About a Greek God or Goddess

Brainstorming ideas: 1. Pick a God or Goddess For example: Hades: Olympian God of the Underworld Hera: Olympian Queen of the Gods, Goddess of Marriage & Birth Athena: Olympian Goddess of Wisdom & War 2. What powers do they hold? Hades: Has the ability to become invisible. Hera: Can bless or curse a marriage. Athena:Continue reading “Prompt: Write About a Greek God or Goddess”

How to: Show Instead of Tell

By Elle Vue What is “Show Don’t Tell?” When workshopping poetry everyone always screams, “show us, don’t tell us!” But what does this mean? I feel like I’m already showing. How do I put my abstract ideas into concrete sentences? “Show don’t tell” does not necessarily mean one should add more adjectives to frame theContinue reading “How to: Show Instead of Tell”

Revising Poetry: Syntax, Diction, and Play

by Elle Vue How To: Mechanically: 1. Look at the syntax in your poem– the arrangement of your words and phrases. Syntax includes much more than just grammar, it helps provide rhythm, structure, and tone in the poem. ◆ Is the meaning of each sentence clear? This may seem like an obvious mistake to lookContinue reading “Revising Poetry: Syntax, Diction, and Play”

Prompt: Write About Water

by Elle Vue Think about: Symbolism Rebirth, renewal Purification Life Reflection Motion Where water is found Ocean Rain Tears Bath Waterfalls What functions does water serve? Hydration Swimming Beauty Cleansing Cooking Steaming How does water entice the senses? Is the water cold or warm? Is this shocking or soothing? Salty or fresh? Does it smellContinue reading “Prompt: Write About Water”

Add Symbolism to Your Poetry

by Elle Vue    Using symbolism in poetry remains vital because poetry contains a sort of nuance compared to other forms of writing; there is much to express in words left unsaid. In this way poetry is like a painting, the viewer (or reader) can project their own experiences of life, thought, and emotion ontoContinue reading “Add Symbolism to Your Poetry”

You are No Bee Charmer by Elle Vue

   When you drink my sugary honey, remember its origins. Betray me and I will sting your throat, watching it swell until you cannot swallow. My sweet nectar will fill your mouth and drown your barren words. The contemptuous air that once escaped your bloated lungs will be clogged with my ravishing ambrosia. Then youContinue reading “You are No Bee Charmer by Elle Vue”

Halitosis by Elle Vue

My teeth are decaying, rotting from the inside out. Years of swallowing bile laced confabulations finally decomposed the nerves within and made me numb to my next glass of gin. Bitter and crude but honest I am, no one deigns to come near my foul speaking breath. In solitude but not alone, I let myContinue reading “Halitosis by Elle Vue”

Prompt: Write About Color Without Saying the Color

The key to writing about color without saying the color is to stimulate the five senses of your reader: sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste — and the sixth sense: emotions. While you don’t need to incorporate all five senses into your poem, it’s still a good idea to think about them when brainstorming. ThinkContinue reading “Prompt: Write About Color Without Saying the Color”

What It Means to Read Art

I may be drunk but my words can hold more liquor than I. Art is not meant to be beautiful or revealing of the world around us. It serves as an honest & sometimes heinous scope into the world of an individual. To be invited is neither grand nor something to belittle, but perhaps somewhereContinue reading “What It Means to Read Art”