Sometimes we forget that writing is an art in and of itself. Our friends at the Penn Yan Public Library came up with this fun “writing” exercise that’s easy to do if you’re checking your shelves for something new to read or clearing them off to make room for new books:
Anyone can be a poet! Especially with this easy, surprisingly powerful method. Look around the house for books with interesting, evocative titles, then string them together to make a poem. They don’t have to be grammatically perfect, but you’ll be amazed how well they can convey a feeling or mood. If you’d like, you can mail or drop them off at Penn Yan Public Library at 214 Main Street to participate in a drawing for local business gift cards later in June! Include contact info and let us know if you wouldn’t mind if we post them online or around the library for others to enjoy.
This is a great way to get a glimpse into the literary genres preferred by friends, neighbors and relatives. Arts Center Executive Director Kris Pearson’s examples show a somewhat odd but eclectic mix on her shelves. Give it a try and see what you come up with!