Poetic Forms: List Poetry

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

A list poem (also known as a catalog poem) is a poem that lists things, whether names, places, actions, thoughts, images, etc. It’s a very flexible and fun form to work with. Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” and Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl,” are two very famous examples of list poems. If you’re not sure where to go with you list try writing starting lines with first, second, third, and so on. Or try to write about something that lends itself to being listed like steps in a process, how many flaws you can find in an unlikeable person, or qualities you admire in someone you have a crush on.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

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