This post is part of a series of weekly found poetry prompts. If you have an idea for a found poetry source, email Senior Poetry Editor Beth Ayer.
In her poem “Sacred Emily,” Gertrude Stein famously said “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose,” and in so doing she “completely caressed and addressed a noun.”
This Valentine’s day—in lieu of the old greeting card stand-by “roses are red, violets are blue,” which we can all agree is specious at best—your task will be to write a love poem using a noun other than “rose.” Find another noun to “caress and address.”
- Choose a noun from “Sacred Emily” that is not “rose.”
- Designate the line including that noun as your poem’s title.
- Write a love poem to that noun using language repurposed from the Wikipedia entry for “rose” and/or other rose-related materials (optional).