Friday Poetry Prompt: Writing With Sounds

Once I went to an open mic and I, unfortunately, sat near the stage right across the speakers. A poet stood and read from a sheet a sound poem introducing me to sounds in poetry. I’m taking some creative license in replicating his poem, but here goes:

OOOOEEEEE Pew Pew Pew Pew Pew

I kid you not, it’s what it sounded like to me. This type of sound poem is one of the most popular sound poems. I believe it’s a reflection of energies, similar to how chanting “Ohm,” is a reflection of human energy. For this week’s prompt I want to encourage you to make a sound poem.

You can create a sound poem like the example above or you can focus on sounds words make. You can focus on stanzas or line breaks interrupt these sounds. Because every word has a sound, whether its terse or flowing is all part of the word structure. Furthermore, line breaks and stanzas can serve as notation on how to read these sounds.

The possibilities are endless! You can create a one sound poem (think words that all have the “ate” sound). Or a complex poem with repeating sounds. I can’t wait to see what you create.

Here’s how to participate

1. Write a poem in response to the prompt
2.Share your poem on your blog
3.Post your link in a comment below this post

Remember to visit the other poems and spread the love. Most importantly… have fun!


10 comments for “Friday Poetry Prompt: Writing With Sounds

  1. March 8, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Oh the possibilities! I love this prompt and will have mine up by tomorrow!!

    • Sopphey
      March 8, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Awesome! I can’t wait to read it.

  2. March 8, 2013 at 11:03 am

    A challenging one for one so old as me!

    • Sopphey
      March 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      Great job! I love it.

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    • Sopphey
      March 12, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      Awesome! I like it!

  3. March 9, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Sounds fun! It reminds me of an exercise we did in college. We took one word and made a song out of it, playing around with emphasizing the different sounds and stretching different parts of the word, repeating it, etc.

  4. Sopphey
    March 12, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    And here’s mine:

    It’s a lot more compact and less about sounds, but still has sounds in it.

  5. Sabra Bowers
    March 16, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    I’ve written my sound poem. Fun prompt.

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