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Powerful Poetry of Rm 220

by Ashley Pappalardo

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Powerful Poetry
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brought to you by the poets of room 220
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Step 1: Get inspired
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During our nature walk, keep a list of things that inspire you to write poetry! Ultimately, you'll choose one or two (or more!) of drive your next poem.
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Once you've settled on a topic, choose a form. This could be haiku, concrete, ode, free verse, two-voice, or any other form we've discussed thus far. The options are endless here.
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step 3: Draft your poem!
Once you've settled on a topic and form, it's time to get to drafting! Don't worry about how it looks or sounds at this point, just get your ideas on paper-- we'll clean it up in the next step!
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STEP 2: CHOOSE A FORM
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Once you've settled on a topic, choose a form. This could be haiku, concrete, ode, free verse, two-voice, or any other form we've discussed thus far. The options are endless here.
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step 3: Draft your poem!
Once you've settled on a topic and form, it's time to get to drafting! Don't worry about how it looks or sounds at this point, just get your ideas on paper-- we'll clean it up in the next step!
STEP 4: REVISE
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It's everyone's favorite time: REVISION! Now that you have something to work with, it's time to roll up your sleeves and revise. Choose at least one of the following revision techniques.
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Complicate the chronology. Add three or more jumps in time.
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Make the poem twice as long. Then make it half as long. Your new half will probably not look like the old one.
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Cut and salvage. After every draft pause to notice what you might have lost from earlier drafts. Bring your favorite lines, stanzas, and ideas forward, combining them with what you love best about newer versions. 
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It's everyone's favorite time: REVISION! Now that you have something to work with, it's time to roll up your sleeves and revise. Choose at least one of the following revision techniques.
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Add new images and reframe existing ones. Seek new and unlikely angles.
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Make the poem twice as long. Then make it half as long. Your new half will probably not look like the old one.
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Cut and salvage. After every draft pause to notice what you might have lost from earlier drafts. Bring your favorite lines, stanzas, and ideas forward, combining them with what you love best about newer versions. 
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Change the point of view from first person to third, third to second, etc. Try a persona.
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STEP 5: Peer review
Work with a partner to make suggestions on their work. Use the peer review checklist as a guide for feedback. At the end of the 25-minute session, make your final revisions/edits and prepare to publish your work!
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