Layered Metaphor

I’ve been reading Kyle Vaughn’s Lightning Paths: 75 Poetry Writing Exercises, which inspired me to delve into another book study of poetry forms and responses. I’ll be making my way through the exercises and prompts between now and the end of the year.

In a layered metaphor poem, Vaughn explains, writers break down metaphors into more than one aspect or detail, exposing the layers of relationship or comparison.

Kasa, shortly after arriving at her new home where now belongs

Kasa

female bird dog with a gunshot foot
for doing what bird dogs do best-
she’s a spooning foot warmer
a broken heart healer
a pleading charmer 
life enhancer
my brother’s 
princess 
now 

Made with Padlet

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