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.
Today’s writing is a poem with epistrophy. In the first stanza or section, the writer includes a message with hidden meaning or association using figurative language, and in the second, the writer turns up the concreteness a notch without blatantly saying it. It’s like talking in codes and symbols.
2026 a cocoon from workweek woes weekend escape fireside chats roasting marshmallows stargazing sighs ready for weeknights just like these thinking: how amazing to turn in the keys smile, eat a slice of cake stop setting alarms