You can learn much!! I get dizzy at the prospect!! :P

Well that’s awesome that you’re getting dizzy at the prospect, because it means you’re looking out at the stars and the constellations and the galaxies and seeing just how enormous poetic possibilities can be. But you don’t need to do it all at once! :)

Many great writers have honed their skills by writing nonsense that focuses on certain techniques, so that when they need to use those techniques, they come unbidden—think of a musician practising their scales and arpeggios for many years, each time as a warm-up before they play.

Of course, few poets would publish these pieces. I’ve got a whole page of really crappy acrostic poems that I’ve been trying to pull together for Rachel B. Baxter’s Art Form Acrostic prompt.

They’re not working, so I’m not publishing them. They’re just training poems. Here’s how you could start small (if you wanted to—and you may not want to, and that’s okay, too).

Try an acrostic:
Every line’s first letter
Read out together
In one go, spells a word.
Just pick your word.
Over to you.

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