As I’ve previously explained, #PoetryCUBED is based on The Food Network’s popular show, “Chopped!”, where chefs compete against one another by creating dishes with specific ingredients. The dishes are judged and after a series of elimination rounds where chefs are “chopped,” one chef one is crowned victorious.
So for #PoetryCUBED, I’ve applied the show’s premise to poetry:
- Use the 3 images (“cubed,” get it??) below as inspiration to write a poem.
- The poem can be any form, any number of lines, rhyming or not.
- A reference to all three images needs to be included in the poem – it can be vague, if you want, but it needs to be there!
- Email your poem to me at Matt (at) MattForrest (dot) com and I’ll share them here – and at the end of April, one name will be drawn at random to receive your choice of a free, personally-signed copy of ANY ONE of my books!
A Dog with Good Taste
When our dog ate
the tomatoes, just picked,
by the shed,
some said he had
rocks in his head!
But like me
he’s a gourmet—
would eat an heirloom tomato
– © 2022, Janice Scully
the secret to growing tomatoes
is to listen to them chatter
after a soak in the sun
swinging from stems
summer heat reddens the skin
the secret to a walk on the shore
is to listen to stones
stories from the sea
stamina while sand
smoothes away rough edges
like the wisdom of a grandma
the secret to a Sunday drive
is to listen to a dog
an open window
wind on whiskers
a wink, a pink tongue
a willing lap
the secret is to listen
take a drive
walk the shore
– ©2022 (draft), Patricia J. Franz
Carol Varsalona took the challenge one step further (or was it three?) and wrote a tricube for her response:
taste, wink, smile-
in a jar
– ©2022, Carol Varsalona
If you’re unfamiliar with tricubes, they are a new form of poetry where each poem contains three stanzas, each stanza contains three lines, and each line contains three syllables. So hers is a poem that was cubed and cubed again, ha!
How will YOU approach this challenge? You have ONE WEEK LEFT to send in your poem and be entered in the drawing for a personally-signed copy of any one of my books, so be sure to email me at Matt (at) MattForrest (dot) com as soon as you can!
Last week, I hosted the Poetry Friday roundup and shared an interview with my friend Leslie Bulion, whose new picture book Serengeti: Plains of Grass (Peachtree Publishing) came out March 1 – the same day as my I Am Today (POW! Kids Books). Her publisher was kind enough to offer a free copy of the book to one of my readers, and the person whose name was drawn at random is…
Congratulations, Michelle! Out of all the folks who entered, hers was the name that was chosen from the ol’ random number generator, and she gets a copy of Leslie’s new book!
Margaret Simon is hosting today’s Poetry Friday roundup AND the annual Progressive Poem at Reflections on the Teche, so head on over for all the poetry links and fun!
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I continue adding to my “Wit & Wordplay” videos ! These videos were created for parents and educators (along with their kids) to learn how to write poetry, appreciate it, and have fun with it. From alliteration and iambs to free verse and spine poetry, I’m pretty sure there’s something in these videos you’ll find surprising! You can view them all on my YouTube channel, and if you have young kids looking for something to keep busy with, I also have several downloadable activity sheets at my website.
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Just click the cover of whichever book you want and send a comment to the good folks at MainStreet BookEnds in Warner, NH requesting my signature and to whom I should make it out. (alternatively, you can log onto my website and do the same thing) They’ll contact me, I’ll stop by and sign it, and then they’ll ship it! (Plus, you’ll be supporting your local bookseller – and won’t that make you feel good?)
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