Nothing is Permanent by Elle Vue

Spilled Merlot on my white, lace Easter dress. Red lips stained on grandmothers antique tea set. Green tomatoes ripened too quickly to fry. Drops of blood landed on my copy of The Picture of Dorian Gray. Rose petals fell off their bushes too early in the spring.

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”

Siren Call by Elle Vue

   If I had the opportunity to kiss you again I would say, “No, I can’t. My love for you was a hollow scream and I do not have a hollow soul. My mesh t-shirt was meant to show you my bleeding heart, not satiate the luring consumption you desired.  I didn’t know any betterContinue reading “Siren Call by Elle Vue”

How to Spruce Up a Flat Poem

Have you ever loved the idea and general gusto of a poem but felt it fell flat or seemed cliche? Here are some tips on how to add in some metaphors, symbolism, and philosophy into a poem to give it more life!

Prompt: Write About Fruit

Think About: The symbolism of the fruit as a whole The juices: The color, texture smell What is the juice similar to? Blood, spit, mud, etc. The “meat“: The color, texture, smell The seeds: Are they big or small? Are they edible? Why aren’t they edible? Can you easily plant them? Is there one orContinue reading “Prompt: Write About Fruit”

My Poetry Writing Process

Hello, it’s Elle Vue! Today I am going to explain the more mechanical side of writing poetry. In later posts I will break down the process a bit more and explain more of the “why” of what I choose to do. First and foremost it’s important to remember that everyone’s process is different and that’sContinue reading “My Poetry Writing Process”