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Hourglass Poem Project: The Words

 

The Hourglass Poetry Project: The Words

Here is the list of words you gave us—now use them to make your own poem!

We’ve also summarized the process we used if it’s helpful as a creative prompt, but you can feel free to make your own rules! Poetry is a chaotic and personal thing!

When you’ve written your poem, share it with us so everyone gets some more poetry in their lives! Email your poem to hourglassboston@gmail.com, or share the results on Instagram and tag @hourglassboston.

Ready, set, POETRY!

OUR PROCESS: I typed up all the words, marveled at them, and set to work arranging them into a poem. Here were the rules I used: The title must use words from the list. Every word must be used, and if it was a repeat word, it must show up multiple times in the poem. The tenses and plurality of words could be changed, but I kept them the same wherever possible. And words like “a” and “that” and simple verbs like “was” could be used to make sentences and phrases, but they should be subtle—the community submission words have to be the stars.

love

heartbeat

salivate

reminder

punctuate

yield

cauldron

fervor

willowy

stardust

rigid

fluidity

space

if

wonder

adjacent

rumple

passion

potato

jellies

boston

imagine

family

shamble

serendipitous

phantasmagorical

firefly

understand

pumpernickel

unequivocally

plethora

celestial

smorgasbord

golden

wiggle

yes

amplify

again

revolve

honeysuckle

squared

believe

endurance

envoy

serendipity

backbone

cast

alchemy

trust

yellow

scribble

historicize

love

resilient

serendipity

fiduciary

baseball

fog

vice

baby

lover

dearest

radiance

smitten

breathless

rotten

balanced

wanderlust

bonanza

bleed

galvanized

feminist

nostalgic

frozen

untroubled

incandescent

celestial

pours

forgetting

eyes

blush

letters

serendipity

botanical

sparkling

rhythmically

effervescent

meander

squish

resilience

entropy

irresistible

luscious

build

satiate

sedative

circumnavigate

cosmic

explosions

blissful

butter

octopus