The other day I remembered something I used to use a lot when writing: word clusters. I randomly (or not) would choose 8-10 words and endeavored to incorporate at least four or five of them into a poem. It was a good way to bring something up if I didn’t have a solid subject. I’d fiddle with the words, conjugate them, play with their syntax as I arranged them in my document– until something materialized, some theme would emerge. It’s one of my very favorite prompt methods. Minimalist, suggestive, not too pinned down or prescriptive.
So today, I thought I’d introduce you to the fun. Below, are three different word “clusters.” You can use all of the words in the cluster, or just one! That’s the beauty of this. I will say though, that if you like to challenge yourself, incorporating as many works as possible is part of the appeal!
earnest, lesser, no, true, cerulean, extraneous, for, noir, mountain, un– (as in, the prefix)
praxis, found, another, as-is, alluvial, draw, lip, brine, sex, hourly
perennial, four, limn, cache, B-movie, attenuate, twelve, yes, enclave, turn
Ah! I remember! These are just such a trip to try out! I may do it myself with these same clusters! Are you game? Get set….GO!